Geneva: Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid has been elected to chair the UN General Assembly.
According to the International News Agency, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid defeated former Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul to become the 76th President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Abdullah Shahid, a 59-year-old Maldivian foreign minister, received 143 votes in the 193-member lower house, while former Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul received only 48 votes.
Earlier, the UN General Assembly was chaired by Turkish Ambassador Vulkin Bozkar, whose term is coming to an end. Welcoming the new president, Volkan Bozkar expressed hope that Abdullah Shahid would devote all his energies to justice, unity and peace among the world community.
On the occasion, the newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdullah Shahid, thanked the members and said that my first priority is to make the vaccine accessible to all