Hyderabad, August 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to preside over a meeting during New Delhi’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), said Syed Akbaruddin, India’s former envoy to UN.
“Our PM Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM who has decided to preside over a meeting of UNSC. This is our eighth stint on the UNSC,” said Akbaruddin on India assuming UNSC presidency for August.
In 75 plus years, this is the first time our political leadership has invested in presiding over an event of UNSC. It shows that leadership wants to lead from the front. It also shows that India and its political leadership are invested in our foreign policy ventures, he added.
Although this is a virtual meeting, it’s still a first meeting of the sort for us. So, it is historic. Last time an Indian PM was engaged in this effort was the then PM PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 when he attended a UNSC meeting.