UN chief to travel to Portugal to attend meeting on Afghanistan

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to be in Portugal this weekend to attend an international meeting on Afghanistan, a UN statement said Thursday.

Ban will discuss the UN efforts in Afghanistan with Afghan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders, said the statement.

"The secretary-general will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, this weekend," the statement said. "He will attend the Meeting on Afghanistan, to be held there under the aegis of NATO at the level of heads of state and/or government."

"Following the meeting, he will participate in the joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen," the statement said.

"The secretary-general will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with world leaders gathered in Lisbon, including President Karzai, to discuss the situation and the UN's efforts in Afghanistan, as well as other key issues," the statement said.

The secretary-general will be back in the office at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, the statement added.

Source: Xinhua

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