UN chief to visit Egypt, Tunisia

March 12th, 2011 - 10:48 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, March 12 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a plan to visit Egypt and Tunisia next week against the backdrop of growing concerns over the current political situation in North Africa.

“I will be in the region myself later next week, when I intend to visit Egypt and Tunisia,” Ban was quoted as saying Friday by Xinhua.

The secretary-general’s special envoy to Libya, former Jordanian foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib, is visiting the capital city of Tripoli to convey the concerns of the UN and the international community.

Ban, however, did not give any specific date for his upcoming trip.

“Just before that, I will also confer with Central American leaders in Guatemala,” he said.

“For my part, I have been consulting very widely with world leaders, focusing chiefly on Libya, but also the wider challenges in the region.”

“In every conversation, at every opportunity, I have urged leaders to listen to the voices of their people, to heed their aspirations for change, and to advance toward a better future, through dialogue and fully inclusive democracy,” he added.

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