Swaraj leaves for Malta to attend CHOGM Summit


New Delhi, Nov 26: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday left for Malta to attend the Commonwealth Summit beginning tomorrow which is likely to focus on combating terrorism and violent extremism as well as tackling climate change.

The Summit of the 53-member bloc, born out of the British empire, comes two weeks after the deadly terror attack in Paris and it is expected to deliberate extensively on finding effective ways to counter terrorism and radicalisation.

India is Commonwealth’s biggest member country and Swaraj will articulate India’s position on a number of key issues at the Summit which is likely to be attended by more than 30 heads of state and government.

The three-day long Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is also going to discuss a range of issues relating to climate change and it will try to drum up political support before the Paris Summit.

A special Executive Session on Climate Change will discuss various issues to tackle climate change with particular focus on producing a unified commitment by the Commonwealth countries at the Paris summit.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius are likely to attend the session.

The Summit is also likely to deliberate on issues relating to trade and commerce and migration among others.

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