NEW YORK: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived here for his maiden appearance as head of the Malaysian delegation to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
His visit to the United States is his fourth since he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
The Malaysian entourage attending the UN gathering and related events includes Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, as well as senior officials from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Ministry and Home Ministry.
Last month, Dr Ahmad Zahid chaired the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) at the UN headquarters.
Among the highlights of his visit this time is delivering the national statement for Malaysia at the general debate on Sept 24.
He is also scheduled to participate in the high-level meeting at the General Assembly on Sept 19 to address large movements of refugees and migrants.
He will also join other leaders at the meeting on the situation in Syria at the UN Security Council on Sept 21.
In October last year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at the 70th session of UNGA, announced that Malaysia would open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants on humanitarian grounds over a period of three years to help ease the refugee crisis.
It was reported that Malaysia was aiming to give temporary shelter to 500 Syrian migrants by the end of this year.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA to discuss matters of mutual interest.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s working visit to New York City is until Sept 25.
Leaders from all over the world have descended on the city of some 8.5 million for the annual UNGA gathering and related meetings. — Bernama