Swaraj to address UNGA shortly; terrorism, climate change on agenda

She said while India fought terrorism exported by Pakistan it did not neglect development work at home.

"There can be no justification for any acts of terrorism", Sushma had said while addressing a meeting of foreign ministers of the grouping on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.

Sushma said India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve all issues bilaterally, in the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. We have marched ahead, consistently, without pause, in Education, Health and across the range of human welfare. Denmark is also the partner country for the World Food India extravaganza, which is going to take place in the first week of November. Those listening had only one observation: "Look who's talking!"

We are fighting poverty.

Her statement comes ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's address at the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

On Thursday, Pakistan's prime minister accused India of war crimes in the disputed Kashmir region, calling for an United Nations investigation.

"The world will get rid of terrorism and Pakistan's own citizens will benefit if it stops funding terror", she said. We made doctors. We made engineers.

She contrasted India's development, including under previous governments, with Pakistan's descent into a "factory of terrorism" as a lesson for Islamabad's leadership for whom "the wisest thing" would be introspection. What have you produced? "Pakistan's Prime Minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer", she said.

With reference to climate change, Swaraj reiterated India's commitment to the Paris Accord and also called for developed nations to extend a helping hand in tackling climate change by,"helping the less fortunate through technology transfer and green climate financing".

In a meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, BRICS Foreign Ministers said they will seek to gather global support for reforming the world body.

Apart from attacking Pakistan, the Indian external affairs minister highlighted several schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana that the present central government has brought into force since coming to power in 2014 for the benefit of the poor people.

Before her address to the UNGA, Sushma Swaraj held a crucial bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Now we need to achieve our goals if we have to come out of these crises", she said.

  • Jon Douglas