Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi begins official visit to Colombia, New York: The Tribune India

New York, September 4

Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi has arrived here as she begins her official visit to Colombia and New York where she will attend a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the maintenance of the peace and interact with members of the Indian diaspora.

Lekhi will first travel to Colombia from September 4 to 6 where she will appeal to the country’s top leaders and hold bilateral discussions with Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez and exchange views on regional issues and international interests.

During his visit to New York from September 7-9, Lekhi will participate in the Security Council ministerial public debate on “Transitions” under the agenda item “United Nations peacekeeping operations” to be held on 8 September under the Irish Presidency of the Council.

“During the visit to New York, I will participate in the UNSC open debate on ‘Transitions’ under the agenda item ‘United Nations peacekeeping operations’. I will also be interacting with members of the Indian community, ”Lekhi tweeted Friday as she arrived here to begin her first overseas visit as Minister of State to Colombia and New York.

She is expected to meet with senior UN leaders and interact with the Indian community in New York on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

After arriving here on Friday, Lekhi addressed some members of the Indian community at the “Jan Aashirwad Abhar” event organized by Jaipur Foot USA and the Gracious Givers Foundation in the city.

In her remarks, Lekhi spoke of the havoc wreaked around the world by the Covid pandemic which she says has devastated even the strongest nations in the world.

Emphasizing that Indians have a “very strong character,” she said India and its citizens have bravely faced and emerged from challenges.

Shirlene J. Manley