Personal views don’t reflect UN agencies, says spokesman on Priyanka Chopra tweet row

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NEW YORK: A spokesperson for the UN chief Antonio Guterres has finally responded to demands for removal of Bollywood actress Priyanak Chopra as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador over her tweet in support of Indian armed forces during their standoff with Pakistan.

“”When Goodwill Ambassadors speak on behalf of UNICEF, we expect them to adhere to UNICEF’s evidence-based impartial positions,” Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, United Nations, said.

“When UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them. But their personal views don’t reflect agencies they maybe affliated with,” he said.

His response came after Pakistan’s rights minister Shireen Mazari wrote to the UN asking it to remove Ms. Chopra.

Armeena Khan, a Pakistani actress, also penned a letter to the UN agency seeking removal of Bollywood actress as UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.

Ms Khan was also invited to London for an audience with UNICEF representatives over her letter.