India A "Very Valuable Partner" Of United Nations, Says Antonio Guterres

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief and Prime Minister Modi have a "strong relationship" on issues such as the climate change.

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India A 'Very Valuable Partner' Of United Nations, Says Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres said he looks forward to working with the new government led by PM Narendra Modi. (File)


United Nations: 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that India is a "very valuable partner" of the United Nations and he looks forward to working with the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering ceremony just before sunset at the forecourt of majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan, capping a landslide win for the BJP which won 303 of the 542 seats.

UN Secretary-General Guterres has worked very closely with Prime Minister Modi, including on the issue of climate change, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, told news agency Press Trust of India on Thursday.

"We will look forward to working with the government as it has now taken office. India is a very valuable partner of the United Nations," Mr Haq said at the daily press briefing on Mr Guterres' message for Prime Minister Modi as he was sworn-in as India's Prime Minister for a second five-year term.

Last week, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief very much looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and the two leaders have a "strong relationship" on issues such as the climate change.

Monica Grayley, the spokeswoman for President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said last week that the UNGA President congratulates India and the people of India, as well as all newly-elected representatives in the election.

Ms Espinosa "looks forward to continuing to work with India in the months to come," Ms Grayley said.

Ms Espinosa had met Prime Minister Modi during her visit to India in August 2018 and her interaction and cooperation with India is a "very good one," Ms Grayley had said, adding that Ms Espinosa, if given the opportunity, would definitely congratulate the Prime Minister in person.



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