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UN chief travels to Washington for 50-year reunion

08-25-2012 04:55 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moonon Friday traveled to Washington DC to meet friends he made five decades ago, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.

"The secretary-general is traveling to Washington DC on Friday for a reunion with the friends he made 50 years ago during their visit to the United States, which was organized by the American Red Cross," the spokesman said at a daily news briefing.

"This is very much a personal journey for the secretary-general, and something he has really been looking forward to," he said.

Ban "has said many times that the Red Cross study trip half a century ago, and the meeting the group had with (U.S.) President John F Kennedy, inspired him to pursue a life of public service," Nesirky said.

The group will also be visiting the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, he said.

Ban, a national from the Republic of Korea, took office as the UN secretary-general on Jan. 1, 2007. On June 21, 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the UN General Assembly and will continue to serve until Dec. 31, 2016.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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