New Prime Minister Khan to skip U.N. General Assembly to focus on Pakistan economy1 min read

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan will skip next month’s United Nations General Assembly session to focus his attention on the country’s economy, said his foreign minister.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will head the Pakistani delegation at 73rd U.N. General Assembly session set to open on September 18.

“No, the PM is not going. I will lead Pakistani delegation,” FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on Tuesday evening.

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There was a debate in Pakistan whether the new PM would attend the U.N. session or stay home as part of his austerity drive and focus on economic issues.

“The PM of Pakistan thinks that the present situation in country needs attention,” Qureshi told the media.

Also Read: Pakistan: Imran Khans Economic Challenges

He said Khan wants to focus on his new government, sworn in earlier this month, and a looming currency crisis which threatens to derail the fast-growing economy.

Pakistan’s economy expanded at 5.8 percent in the last fiscal year, its quickest pace in 13 years, but the rupee currency has been devalued four times since December. Interest rates have been raised three times.

(This news/article originally appeared in Reuters on August 29th, 2018)

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