Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in New York early on Tuesday morning to lead the Pakistan delegation to the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The 193-member Assembly is set to begin its high-level debate on Tuesday. The prime minister is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 27.

The prime minister will attend the opening session of the General Assembly today (Tuesday) where US President Obama will deliver speech.

Sources said that a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Nawaz Sharif will take place on September 6.

His much-awaited maiden meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh is expected on September 29 at the breakfast.

The Prime Minister was received at the airport by Advisor on Foreign AffairsSartaj Aziz, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Safdar, Pakistan permanent representative at the UN Masood Khan and senior officials.

Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs in an interview in New York said that Pakistan was committed to protect minorities and will assure the international community at the United Nations in this regard.