PM Modi to preside over UNSC meeting on August 9

PM Modi to preside over UNSC meeting on August 9

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to preside over a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on August 9 on the topic 'enhancing maritime security.

The prime minister will preside over a high level virtual open debate of the UNSC on the topic 'enhancing maritime security - a case for international cooperation under the agenda item 'maintenance of international peace and security'.

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, "India is currently holding the presidency of UNSC for August. As part of our presidency, we are organising signature events, as they are called, on 3 focus areas, that we have chosen - maritime security, peacekeeping operations and counter-terrorism".

India has taken over United Nations Security Council Presidency for August. India will organise three high-level signature meetings during the presidency focusing on our priority areas–maritime security, peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism.

The last time an Indian PM was engaged in this effort was the then PM PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 when he attended a UNSC meeting.