UNITED NATIONS: A high United Nations (UN) official on Thursday lauded Pakistan’s role at the worldwide body particularly in advancing its core causes.
“Pakistan and UN have enjoyed a close relationship since 1947,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale stated at a largely-attended reception hosted by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi in New York.
“We have been gratified again and again by the generosity shown by the Pakistani people towards the UN,” Smale stated.
Pakistan has served a number of phrases within the Security Council — seven in complete — and immediately it is likely one of the largest troop and police contributor to UN peacekeeping, she added.
“Pakistani soldiers are risking their lives to advance the cause of peace, and we at the UN couldn’t be more thankful,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications continued.
Further, US Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Malony, who was a particular visitor at the reception, lauded Ambassador Lodhi’s work in selling Pakistan’s targets at the UN.
Congresswoman Malony strongly advocated cultural exchanges between Pakistan and the United States to strengthen ties between the 2 international locations. Cultural diplomacy is an efficient option to construct understanding between individuals and nations, she stated.
Earlier whereas welcoming company, Ambassador Lodhi stated the UN “embodies and represents the finest example of our shared humanity”.
The reception was attended by heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the UN, senior UN officers, media representatives and members of the Pakistani diaspora.
According to the newest figures, Pakistan contributes almost 6,000 army and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations within the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.