External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj is likely to take on Pakistan over the issue of terrorism when she addresses the high-level United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Saturday. Swaraj is also expected to reiterate India’s long-pending demand of a permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC). Swaraj’s address will come two days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi ‘s statement that India was blocking the progress of SAARC during an informal meeting between foreign ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). India's address at the UNGA will begin at 7:15 pm.
Here are the live updates of Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UNGA:
# Sushma Swaraj on UNSC reforms: "The United Nations must accept that it needs fundamental reform. Reform cannot be cosmetic. We need change the institution’s head and heart to make both compatible to contemporary reality. Reform must begin today; tomorrow could be too late."
# Terrorists biggest transgressor of human rights: "Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist? Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behavior, not of human rights. Pakistan glorifies killers; it refuses to see the blood of innocents."
# On Pakistan's allegation of sabotaging peace talks: "We are accused of sabotaging the process of talks. This is a complete lie. We believe that talks are only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes. Talks with Pakistan have begun many times. If they stopped, it was only because of their behavior."
# EAM Sushma Swaraj on cross-border terrorism: In our case, terrorism is bred not in some faraway land, but across our border. Our neighbour’s expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity.
# Addressing the challenge of climate change: "If we have to save the world from the adverse effects of climate change, then developed nations must lift the deprived with financial and technical resources," says Sushma Swaraj.
# Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: The biggest challenge of our era comes from the existential threats of climate change and terrorism.
# Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: At the heart of Prime Minister Modi’s transformative vision is a radical idea: that the uplift of any nation is best achieved through the all-around empowerment of women. All the schemes that I have just spoken about have the welfare of women at their core.
# EAM hails Modi government's reforms: Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has initiated unprecedented economic and social transformation that will help India achieve its SDG goals much before time.
EAM @sushmaswaraj at #UNGA: Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has initiated unprecedented economic and social transformation that will help India achieve its SDG goals much before time. pic.twitter.com/ilpu4qMM3T— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 29, 2018
# Sushma Swaraj UNGA address begins: EAM Sushma Swaraj begins her statement at the UNGA Congratulating Ma Fernanda Espinosa on assuming the position as the President of the 73rd Session of the UNGA, EAM said that the first woman to occupy this eminent chair was an Indian Smt. Vijayalakshmi Pandit, in 1953.
# Sushma Swaraj address to begin shortly: The stage is set! EAM Sushma Swaraj to deliver her statement at the 73rd Session of the UNGA shortly.
# Hours after Sushma, Pakistan's address at 10 pm: A heated war of words is expected as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session at 10 pm (PST), hours after his Indian counterpart's speech.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will address the Annual Debate session of United Nations General Assembly in New York today.— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 29, 2018
The Foreign Minister will present #Pakistan's stance on #Kashmir issue and other issues of the Muslim world. #UNGA pic.twitter.com/6Dxeb9mHTT
# Special strategic and global partnership: EAM SushmaSwaraj met with Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono on the margins of the UNGA on Friday. Both leaders discussed preparations for PM Modi visit to Japan later this year.
Special strategic and global partnership.
EAM @SushmaSwaraj had a warm meeting with Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono on the margins of the #UNGA @MofaJapan_en . Took stock of the bilateral relationship and discussed preparations for PM @narendramodi visit to Japan this year. pic.twitter.com/E0iYNo3j8k— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 27, 2018
# Sushma Swaraj address to begin at 7:15 pm: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Swaraj is scheduled to address the 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at 7:15 pm IST (09:45 a.m. New York Time). Stay tuned for all the live updates on EAM's UNGA address.