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UN chief to visit South Africa
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09:13, February 25, 2009

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in South Africa on Tuesday evening for the first leg of his tour of African countries.

During his African tour Ban is to visit South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Rwanda, Tanzania and Egypt.

He is expected to meet South African President Kgalema Motlanthe as well as the Ministers of Finance and Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Trevor Manuel and Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Wednesday to discuss developments in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Sudan, and Somalia.

The situation in the Middle East, the global financial crisis, climate change, reform of the UN system, as well as the Durban Review Conference on Racism, Xenophobia and Related intolerances will also be high on the agenda during the meeting.

According to spokesperson of the UN chief Marie Okabe, he will also try to meet with former President Nelson Mandela. It is his first official visit to South Africa.


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