Modi first Indian PM to preside over UN Security Council meeting

Addressing the UN, Modi said that the 21st-century India was making an effort not just for itself but for the world whether it was in the fight against global warming, peacekeeping missions, or alleviating millions of people from poverty. (Photo: PTI). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Aug 1, 2021, Hindustan Times. In a first for India after independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over a meeting during New Delhi’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India’s former envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said on Sunday, Hindustan Times reported.

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.

“A first in the making… With India as President of @UN Security Council in August, an Indian Prime Minister may perhaps preside, albeit virtually, a Council meeting for 1st time on 9 August 2021,” Akbaruddin said on Twitter and shared a picture of PM Modi’s last visit to the UN from 2019.

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