Sushma Swaraj begins US trip with back-to-back meetings with counterparts in New York

Sushma SwarajNew York, Sept. 26 - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has begun her ten-day trip to the United States with back-to-back meetings here with her counterparts from seven nations, including the UK and the Maldives.

Swaraj met the leaders at the United Nations headquarters.

She met UK Secretary of State Philip Hammond, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti, Maldives Foreign Affairs Minister Dunya Maumoon, Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Borge Brende, Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minister Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Greece Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali.

Swaraj, however, did not speak to the media after the meetings.

The External Affairs Minister is scheduled to meet nearly 100 foreign ministers during her visit to the United States and will also join the delegation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will reach New York on September 26.

Ahead of Prime Minister Modi's arrival, Swaraj will participate in the meetings with the Foreign Ministers of the G-4, IBSA, BRICS, Commonwealth and SAARC.

Her bilateral meetings will be with Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Bangladeshi Foreign Affairs Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi.

In the Commonwealth and SAARC meetings, Swaraj could meet Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz.

Before Prime Minister Modi reaches New York, Swaraj will participate in a bilateral meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry, besides participating in a ministerial level meeting of the Committee on Palestine.