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Why UNGA President Volkan Bozkir Is Visiting Pakistan?

The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkir is arriving in Pakistan today on 26th May 2021. Reportedly, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi invited him to the country. The UNGA President announced his departure from Bangladesh to Pakistan on social media.

UNGA President Keen on Discussing Pending Issues

UNGA President previously announced to visit Pakistan before the emergency session in the General Assembly on 20th May. In which, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quraishi once again called for an end to Israeli aggression on Palestinians in Gaza. Pakistan has also raised the Kashmir issue with the UN which would be another part of the discussion.

Bozkir will meet Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and FM Quraishi and deliver a speech at the National Defence University, Islamabad. He will also meet with the UN team serving in Pakistan.

Reportedly Bozkir will stay in Pakistan till 28th May and will talk to Pakistani leaders on a plethora of political and socio-economic issues already on the UN agenda. He will also talk about the importance of multilateralism, which Pakistan mainly pursues with China or Turkey.

Pakistan and UN’s Shared Objectives

The purpose of the UN is to bring all countries together instead of countries making their own little group on the side to serve their own concerns.

Pakistan stated that it has remained committed to the UN charter and will always support maintaining global peace and security, promotion and protection of human rights, solving international conflicts peacefully, socio-economic development, and good diplomatic relations with countries based on equality and rights to self-determination.

Who is Volkan Bozkir?

Volkan Bozkir is known as the international defendant of Turkey’s position. He openly denies the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Bozkir became the first Turkish UNGA President after serving for 39 years in the Turkish Foreign Office. He was elected as a member of the Turkish parliament three times. Bozkir also served as a minister for European Union Affairs and the chairperson of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.

He visited Pakistan last year in August as well but he wasn’t the UNGA president then. He assumed the role of the head in September 2020 after remaining as the sole candidate with the support of 178 UN members. Reportedly, Armenia, Greece, and Cyprus opposed his candidacy due to diplomatic conflicts.

As the head of the foreign affairs committee, Bozkir opposed the EU’s demand of Turkey adapting to the terrorism laws prescribed by the EU. He stated that the terrorism regulations of Turkey were already in compliance with the EU.

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