President arrives in New York
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has arrived in New York for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The delegation headed by the President arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at 2:30 p.m., New York time, on 18 September. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohan Peiris, greeted the President and the delegation.
The United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session opens tomorrow (21), under the theme ‘Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect people’s rights, and revitalise the United Nations.’ The General Assembly’s Foreign Ministerial level conference will begin today morning, and Heads of State from a number of countries have already arrived in New York.
President Rajapaksa is expected to address the General Assembly on 22 September, as well as the Food Systems Summit on 23 September, and the High-Level Dialogue on Energy on 24 September.
During the session, he is also expected to hold bilateral discussions with other Heads of State. The President is accompanied on this tour by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Senior Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage.