Dennis Francis, the President of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is set to undertake his inaugural official visit to India later this month, marking a significant diplomatic engagement since assuming the highest position in the UN's main policy-making organ.
The official statement from Francis' office revealed that his first stop will be Kampala, Uganda, commencing from Wednesday. The four-day visit, scheduled from January 17 to 21, will see him participating in the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The summit's theme, "Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence," underscores the importance of collaborative efforts on a global scale. Additionally, Francis will attend the Third South Summit of the Group of 77 and China on January 21, centered around the theme "Leaving No One Behind."
During his addresses at these high-level forums in Uganda, Francis is expected to emphasize the significance of a unified voice from the Global South, particularly during times of unprecedented crises, according to the official statement.
Following the engagements in Uganda, Francis and his delegation from Uganda will embark on "back-to-back official visits" to both India and China. The statement did not specify the exact date of his visit to New Delhi. Notably, this visit to India will mark his first since assuming the role of UNGA President in September 2023.
Dennis Francis, aged 67, boasts an illustrious career spanning approximately 40 years in the diplomatic service of Trinidad and Tobago, bringing a wealth of experience to his current role as the President of the UNGA. His upcoming visit to India underscores the importance of international cooperation and diplomatic ties in addressing global challenges.
(With Agency Inputs)