Ban visits San Marino at start of five-nation European tourListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has kicked off a five-nation tour of Europe with a visit to San Marino, the oldest republic in the world.
On Monday, he spoke on the occasion of the investiture of the newly elected captains regent, praising the country's peaceful history and willingness to accept refugees.
“My job takes me to many countries that are mired in conflict. San Marino offers a different experience. Your history is free of war. There has been no fighting with your neighbours; no coups within. San Marino went further than protecting its own people from the ravages of conflict. During many wars over the centuries, you sheltered refugees who fled fighting. ”
On Sunday, the Secretary-General met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pasquale Valentini and discussed the role and contribution of San Marino to the work of the United Nations, particularly in the areas of sustainable development and global economic governance.
They also exchanged views on the global economy and other topics of mutual concern, including women’s empowerment.
San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe after the Vatican City and Monaco which Mr. Ban will visit later this week. He also plans to visit Andorra, Spain and the Netherlands.
Gerry Adams, United Nations