Islamabad: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday arrived in Islamabad to deliver a key note address at an international conference on Afghan refugees.
During his four-day visit, the UN chief will also call on President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, besides holding meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The UN secretary general will also pay a visit to Lahore and Gurdwara Kartarpur Saheb in Narowal district.
Pakistan, in collaboration with the UNHCR, is organising the international conference on February 17 and 18 to mark the 40-year-long stay of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in the country.
Pakistan is one of the most consistent and reliable contributors to UN peacekeeping efforts around the world,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said. “I plan to express my gratitude to the people serving for peace,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle on the eve of his maiden visit to Pakistan.
Pakistan sees the UN secretary general’s participation in the international conference as a recognition of Pakistan’s exemplary compassion, generosity and resolve in hosting Afghan refugees for the past four decades and efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistani leadership will share Pakistan’s perspective on all aspects of Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He will also hold interactions with parliamentarians, media and the youth. He will deliver special talks on themes of sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping.