UN Secretary-General and top United States diplomat discuss global issues

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry. (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday met with the new United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, to discuss a number of global issues.

They included the ongoing crises in Syria and Mali, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea, as well as the Iranian nuclear issue.

In welcoming the Secretary-General to the State Department in Washington D.C., Mr. Kerry said there is a need for cooperation between all countries and the United Nations to face challenges around the world.

"The United Nations plays the vital role in that collaboration, so I’m really glad that the Secretary-General is one of my very first guests here at the State Department and we have a great deal to discuss this morning." (13")

For his part, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Mr. Kerry as a longstanding friend of the United Nations and said he was especially glad to visit him at the early stage of his tenure.

He said there is a need for strong United States leadership in addressing many regional and global challenges including poverty eradication, tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development.

"U.S. leadership will remain crucial in the period ahead.  At a time when families and governments everywhere are feeling severe financial strains, the benefits of working with the United Nations are clear:  burden sharing, wise use of the global tax payers' money and international solutions in the national interest." (21″)

Mr. Ban said he looked forward to working with the new top United States diplomat towards their shared goals of peace, development and human rights.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'47"

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