UN Sec Gen to visit India tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will arrive here tomorrow on his first visit to India for talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Mr Ban , who will be accompanied by his wife, will call on President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition L K Advani.

The Secretary General, who will be here for two days, will hold delegation-level talks with the External Affairs Minister tomorrow evening. The talks are likely to focus on regional and global political and economic situation.

Progress on the Millennium Development Goals, climate change, food and energy crisis and nuclear disarmament are also likely to be discussed, sources said.

He is also scheduled to give a lecture at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and meet Indian business leaders.

The UN Secretary General, who is on a four-nation Asia tour that will also take him to Nepal and Bangladesh, will arrive here from the Philippines .

Sources said India would also raise the issue of reform of the UN system including the enlargement of the UN Security Council in view of the changing world requirements and global scenario.

Mr Ban recently acknowledged that obstacles to nuclear disarmament were daunting and therefore, it was more imperative than ever to make it a reality given the twin economic and financial crises the world is currently facing.

The UN Secretary General will wrap up his tour in Bangladesh where he is expected to have meetings with President Iajuddin Ahmed and other top officials.


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