UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a visit to Washington, D.C. next week for talks with President George W. Bush and top U.S. lawmakers, Ban's deputy spokesperson said Thursday.
The secretary-general will meet with the U.S. president at the White House on July 17, Marie Okabe told reporters at the UN.
Ban looks forward to discussing a wide range of issues with the president, including Darfur, pressing geopolitical issues, UN-U.S. relations, UN reform and climate change, Okabe said.
The secretary-general will also meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she said.
He will also attend a private dinner with political leaders and experts on climate change, she added.
The secretary-general left London on Thursday morning, ending his two-week trip to Europe, which also included his surprise visit to Afghanistan.