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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Visit Pakistan

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General is set to visit Pakistan next week. According to reports, the UN chief will fly to Islamabad on Sunday for a bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. In the meet, Guterres will talk about sustainable development and climate change.

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Then, on Feb 17, Antonio Guterres will take part in the International Conference which is celebrating 40 years of Hosting Afghan Refugees. The conference organizes by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Pakistan government. Along with Guterres, the High Commissioner of Refugees Filippo Grandi will also be present at the event. As a part of his visit, the UN chief will take part in high-level discussions and other events. Apart from that, he will also meet Pakistan President Arif Alvi.

On Feb 18, as a part of Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign in Lahore, Antonio Guterres will meet students.

Further, on his last day in Pakistan, before leaving Guterres will be visiting on the prominent Sikh pilgrimage site, the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur on Feb 19. The Gurdwara is the last resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev where he spent his last 18 years.

Last year in November, UN Secretary-General opened the Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan. Talking about this he said that it paved the way for interfaith harmony and understanding.

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The corridor launch was on Nov 9, 2019. It links Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. As per the agreement, more than 5000 pilgrims from India visit the shrine daily.

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