Priyanka Chopra, an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who has been the focal point of controversy after a public argument with a Pakistani woman, is allowed to speak in her personal capacity on issues she is interested in or concerned with, an United Nations spokesperson said.

After Pakistan officially asked United Nations to remove Priyanka Chopra as a Goodwill Ambassador, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at his daily briefing on Thursday that when Goodwill Ambassadors “speak in their personal capacity, they retain the right to speak about issues that interest or concern them.” Mr Dujarric was responding to a question on Ms Chopra.