Antonio Guterres welcomed as new Secretary General of UN by India
Antonio Manuel de Olivera Guterres as the new Secretary General of the United Nations
Antonio Guterres welcomed as new Secretary General of UN by India:- India on Thursday has welcomed the election of the veteran Portuguese diplomat Antonio Manuel de Olivera Guterres as the new Secretary General of the United Nations. A press release from the UN Information Centre in India, has said that a formal vote is also expected on Thursday morning, even as Ambassador Guterres, has emerged as the “clear favourite” for the top post of the organisation following the six rounds of informal votes.
Syed Akbaruddin, the India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations was the first to extend his greetings on behalf of India of the new official. “Congratulations and best wishes.
India welcomes Antonio Manuel de Olivera Guterres as the next Secretary General of UN,” said Mr Akbaruddin on Twitter. The message was also attached to a photograph of Mr Guterres greeting India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Guterres visited India
While campaigning for his candidature for the top post, Mr Guterres has visited India in July and met with some of the officials at the Ministry of External Affairs. During his visit, he has also addressed the Indian Council of World Affairs on the worldwide refugee crisis and the humanitarian emergencies.
Mr Guterres has served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between the year 2005-15 leading the organisation as crises broke out in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Europe was hit by a flow of refugees from West Asia and North Africa. Before joining the organisation, he has also served for two decades in various positions in Portugal. Between the years 1995-2002, Mr Guterres has served as the Prime Minister of Portugal when he had played a key role in resolving the conflict in East Timor.
Mr Guterres was also active in the Socialist International, a worldwide network of socialist political parties and served as vice president of Socialist International between 1992-’99.