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President Bhandari holds high-level meetings in New York

File: President Bidya Devi Bhandari

Kathmandu, March 13

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who is currently in New York of the United States in course of attending the 63rd session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW-63), was busy holding high-level meetings on Tuesday.

The President held a meeting with António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, at his office. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on various issues, including multilateralism, climate change, sustainable development goals, peacekeeping, and postearthquake reconstruction, according to Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.

The President appreciated the Secretary General for his reform agenda across all three pillars of the UN in general and for maintaining gender parity in all UN bodies in particular.

The Secretary General recalled his first visit to Nepal in 1978, and appreciated Nepal for playing an active role at the UN, including through contributions to peacekeeping missions.

In the afternoon, the President met María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of UN General Assembly, and appreciated her for taking leadership on important issues, including through organising the event, ‘Women in Power’.

Later in the afternoon, the President held separate bilateral meetings with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

The President attended a dinner hosted in her honour by Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations at his official residence.

President Bhandari is scheduled to leave New York for Kathmandu on Thursday and arrive in the capital on March 15 afternoon.

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Published on March 13th, Wednesday, 2019 12:36 PM


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