Ban Ki-moon arrives in Afghanistan

February 4th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Feb 4 (Xinhua) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday morning arrived in Kabul for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other high ranking officials. Ban’s visit comes amid escalating violence and conflicts in Afghanistan while the capital Kabul has seen three suicide attacks since the beginning of 2009.

Ban was expected to meet the commanders of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

UN agencies, according to media reports, were seeking $603.9 million for Afghanistan to meet the immediate needs of those made most vulnerable by natural disasters, lack of access to basic social services, increasing food insecurity caused by rising prices, and the worsening security situation.

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