President-elect of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, has appointed India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu as his Chef de Cabinet.
Shahid was overwhelmingly elected on June 7 as president of the next session of the UN General Assembly that will commence in September.
He garnered 143 votes out of the 191 ballots cast in the 193-member General Assembly, winning against former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Dr Zalmai Rassoul, who got 48 votes.
Besides Ambassador Naidu, Shahid has appointed Maldives diplomat Thilmeeza Hussain as Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly (PGA).
Hussain is the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States.
India, currently serving the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council, will assume the Presidency of the 15-nation UN organ in August.
According to the established rules of regional rotation, the President of the 76th session of the General Assembly was to be elected from the Group of Asia-Pacific States.
The presidency of the General Assembly rotates among the five regional groups—the Group of Asian States, the Group of Eastern European States, the Group of Latin American and the Caribbean States, the Group of African States, the Western European and other States Group.
Turkish diplomat Bozkir was UNGA President for the 75th session that came amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.