President to address the Nelson Mandela peace summit in New York today

Monday, 24 September 2018 - 8:20

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York last night to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and several other coinciding events.

President Sirisena is scheduled to address the UNGA tomorrow.

This will be his fourth consecutive annual address to the world body.

This year's theme is, "Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies."

Today, the President will be one of the speakers at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, considered the most important global peace event organized on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the General Assembly.

The President will also take part in a special session to discuss the issues pertaining to the drug menace.

During this visit, an agreement is to be signed between the United Nations Development Fund and Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena will also have meetings with both the United Nations Secretary General and Commonwealth Secretary General.

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