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Mnangagwa leaves for New York

by Sibusiso Ndlamini
19 Sep 2018 at 16:16hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa will tonight leave the country, to attend the 73rd  session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit, in New York.

The summit comes at the backdrop of peaceful, free and fair elections that led to the birth of the new dispensation under the leadership of President Mnangagwa and his 'Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra.'

The 73rd session of the UNGA summit commenced on 18 September and will end on 5 October 2018.
President Mnangagwa's presence at the UNGA summit is imperative as it will give Zimbabwe an opportunity to engage and re-engage with other key international partners on socio-economic and developmental issues.

Ray Ndlovu, an author and international journalist said President Mnangagwa's speech at UNGA will possibly entice relations with the global community, unlike his predecessors' (former President, Robert Mugabe) last year's speech at UNGA.

Commenting on his twitter handle, @ray_ndlovu tweeted that, "President Mngangagwa will make his debut address at the UN General Assembly this month. It's unlikely his speech will follow that of Robert Mugabe's (former President) 'blow TRUMPet' made last year-that was his last. ED is likely to seek acceptance and thaw in relations with international community."

The President is expected to join other world leaders on 24 September for a high level plenary meeting on global peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Mandela Peace Summit.

This crucial forum would be preceded by a high level meeting on 26 September which will be focusing on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February this year.

On 27 September, President Mnangagwa will join other international leaders on a one day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

This year's UNGA will run under the theme, 'Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.'

Source - Sibusiso Ndlamini