UN chief to pay official visit to Italy

08:09, June 01, 2011      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon is leaving New York for a three-day official visit to Italy, where he will meet with Italian leaders and attend events commemorating Italy's 150th anniversary of national unification, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday.

The secretary-general is scheduled to leave New York for Rome later on Tuesday for a three-day visit to Italy, and the visit coincides with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the country's national unification, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told a daily news briefing.

"The secretary-general will meet with the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano; the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and the minister of foreign affairs, Franco Frattini," the spokesman said. "The secretary-general will attend events to mark the 150th anniversary of Italian unification."

"While in Rome, the secretary-general will open a high-level conference on 'The Interethnic City,' an initiative supported by the Alliance of Civilizations, the government of Italy, the government of Canada and the International Organization for Migration," he added.

Source: Xinhua
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