UN chief goes to Iran to meet leaders of developing countries

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon left New York for Tehran, the capital of Iran, on Tuesday to attend the week-long summit of the Non-Aligned Movement .

A United Nations spokesman says the Secretary-General looks forward to meeting heads of State and Government to discuss global issues.

They include the follow up to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, disarmament, conflict prevention, and support for countries in transition.

Spokesperson Farhan Haq says the Secretary-General takes seriously his responsibility and that of the United Nations to diplomatically engage with all member states in the interest of peace and security.

"With respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Secretary-General will use the opportunity to convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people. These include Iran's nuclear programme, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria. The Secretary-General will have a range of meetings with Iranian officials, and is expected to meet the Supreme Leader and the President."

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Mr. Ban is scheduled to return to New York on Saturday.

The 120-member Non-Aligned Movement was established in 1961 to promote the priorities and interests of developing countries.

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