NEW YORK: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has arrived to represent Malaysia on his maiden appearance at the United Nations General Assembly next week.
Ahmad Zahid and his entourage arrived by commercial flight at about 9.25 pm New York time on Saturday.
He is making his fourth visit to the United States since appointed deputy prime minister in July last year. He will be in New York for a week.
The Malaysian delegation includes foreign minister Datuk Anifah Aman and senior officials of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Ministry and Home Ministry.
Last month, Ahmad Zahid chaired a Security Council open debate on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
He will deliver Malaysia’s national statement for the general debate at the General Assembly on Friday.
He will also attend a General Assembly meeting on refugees and migrants and a Security Council meeting on Syria.
At last year’s General Assembly, Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak announced that Malaysia would accept 3,000 Syrian migrants over three years.
Meanwhile, Anifah is scheduled to attend the Ministerial-Level Meeting of Members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of MH17 on Tuesday and Ministerial Meeting of Group of Friends of the UN Alliance on Civilisations (UNAOC) on 23 September.
In addition, Anifah is also scheduled to attend the ASEAN and OIC related meetings, Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (CFAMM) and other events held on the side-lines of the 71st UNGA.
He is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts to discuss matters of mutual interest.