SUDAN WATCH: UN's Ban in Washington 10-11 March to meet Obama and Clintons to discuss Sudan

Friday, March 06, 2009

UN's Ban in Washington 10-11 March to meet Obama and Clintons to discuss Sudan

From UN News Centre 6 March 2009 –
Ban and Obama to meet next week in Washington
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama will meet next week in Washington to discuss a host of issues, including the global economic crisis, Sudan, Afghanistan and the Middle East, it was announced today.

The two leaders are also expected to confer on climate change, non-proliferation, human rights, United Nations reform and US-UN relations, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

While visiting the US capital from 10 to 11 March, the Secretary-General will also hold talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mr. Ban will arrive in Washington from Haiti, which he and former US President Bill Clinton will visit on Monday to raise awareness of efforts to help the Caribbean nation’s people and government bolster their economic security.
Obama invites U.N.'s Ban to White House next week
Reuters March 6, 2009 via IHT - excerpt:
UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Barack Obama has invited U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the White House next week, the first meeting between the two since Obama took office, Washington's U.N. envoy said on Friday.

Subjects the two would discuss on Tuesday include Sudan, which has expelled 13 aid agencies after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was charged with war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court, Ambassador Susan Rice said.
Note, the 13 NGO's given notice to leave Sudan appear to be: Oxfam GB, Care, MSF-Holland, Mercy Corps, Save the Children UK, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, Action Contre La Faim, Solidarities, CHF International, Save the Children USA, PADCO, MSF-France.

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