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India @ 75: Modi to be first PM to preside over UNSC meet

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In the month that India is celebrating 75th year of Independence, there’s another first. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over a meeting during New Delhi’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council, India’s former envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said on Sunday.

PM Modi is expected to preside over the meeting of the UN Security Council on August 9.

In over 75 years, this is the first time Indian political leadership has invested in presiding over an event of the 15-member UN body, the former permanent representative of India to the UN said.

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India on Sunday assumed the rotating presidency of the UNSC. Several high-level meetings will be chaired by India’s top officials including the Prime Minister, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

 

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