UN chief and Iranian leader discuss crisis in North Africa and Middle East

The current crises in the Middle East and North Africa have been discussed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ban Ki-moon and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Secretary-General met the President on the margins of the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries or LDCs taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. Gerry Adams reports.

The Secretary-General and the President agreed on the importance on the LDC Conference, and the need for a positive outcome.

They discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.


The Secretary-General said he was very concerned over reports about Syria mobilizing its military against protesters.

Mr. Ban highlighted the importance of Iran continuing negotiations with the E3+3 on the country’s nuclear programme and cooperating fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency.


E3+3 countries are the United Kingdom, the United States, China, France, Germany and Russia.

The Secretary-General also asked the President to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, including on a potential visit by the Office to Iran.

Duration: 54″

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