Sushma Swaraj Has Hectic Schedule At UNGA, Meeting On Trade, Investment Top Agenda

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Picture : Twitter

The values of forgiveness, compassion and inclusivity embraced by late South African President Nelson Mandela are even more relevant today in the world which is “beset with conflicts, terror and hateful ideologies, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at the United Nations.

Nelson Mandela’s life is an inspiration for all. He showed fearlessness and courage in the face of discrimination and adversity: EAM @SushmaSwaraj while delivering her statement at the National Mandela Peace Summit. Full statement at

Recalling India’s strong bond with “Madiba”, as Mandela was fondly addressed by people across the world, Swaraj said Indians consider him to be one of their own.

“We are proud to call him a Bharat Ratna, jewel of India,” she said. “Nelson Mandela’s life is an inspiration for all. He showed fearlessness and courage in the face of discrimination and adversity,” Swaraj said at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit , a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly.

Moreover, Sushma Swaraj is having a very hectic schedule at the UNGA. She held a series of bilateral meetings with several of her foreign counterparts discussing a host of issues, including trade, investment and capacity building.

Swaraj met Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Morocco’s Nasser Bourita, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick on the sidelines of the high-level session of the 73rd UN General Assembly .

“Relations characterised by warmth and cordiality! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Foreign Minister of Colombia, @CarlosHolmesTru met on the sidelines of #UNGA2018. Discussed cooperation on trade & investment, pharma, mining, petroleum and capacity building,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

In another tweet, he said Swaraj and Borrell “explored ways to intensify ties in investment, renewable energy, water treatment, tourism and their contribution to our flagship initiatives.”


On the meeting with Nepal, he said, “Close neighbour and a friend! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met on the sidelines of the #UNGA2018 and took stock of our bilateral relationship.”


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