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President Rajapaksa leaves for New York

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the island this morning to attend the 76th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

President Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

This is the first occasion that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is leaving the island as the Head of State and also will be first occasion addressing the UN General Assembly.

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly opened on the 14th of September while the General Debate will take place from the 21st of September to the 27th of September.

Due to the global pandemic, the size of delegations allowed into the General Assembly Hall will be limited, and UN Member States were encouraged to provide pre-recorded statements in lieu of traveling to UN Headquarters.

Over 100 Heads of State or Government are expected to attend in person.

The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations.’

US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other world leaders are due to address the week-long General Debate.

The President’s Media Division said President Rajapaksa will also hold bilateral discussion with several world leaders during the visit.

Foreign Minister GL Peiris, President’s Principal Advisor Lalith Weeratunga and Foreign Secretary Jayantha Colombage are accompanying the President to New York.

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