Ban discusses global issues with world leaders
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Last Updated: Monday, September 19, 2011, 10:18
United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday discussed issues such as the Middle East peace process and the global economic situation with several world leaders who arrived here for high-level meetings at the annual UN General Assembly debate here.

Ban met Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Foreign Minister Basile Ikouebe of Congo and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece Stavros Lambrinidis.

In his meeting with Al-Sabah, Ban reviewed developments in the region, including the Middle East peace process, the evolving situation in Syria and ties between Kuwait and Iraq.

Ban's discussion with Lwin focussed on the need for the Myanmar government to step up its reform efforts in order to bring about an inclusive transition in the country.

The UN Secretary General reiterated his call for the early release of the remaining political prisoners.

Ban and Lambrinidis discussed the UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus, as well as the status of the negotiations facilitated by the world body between Athens and Skopje to resolve the long-running dispute over the official name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Preparations for the upcoming senatorial election in Congo, the refugee situation and other peace and security developments in the Central Africa sub-region were among the issues Moon discussed with Ikouebe.


First Published: Monday, September 19, 2011, 10:18

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