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Afghanistan, Middle East top agenda of Annan's talks with leaders in Iran, Qatar

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today arrived in Vienna following a weekend of talks with the leaders of Iran and Qatar on topics ranging from support for Afghanistan's new interim administration to the worsening situation in the Middle East.

In Kabul, Annan meets Afghan citizens, thanks UN staff members for their work

Conducting his first-ever visit to Afghanistan, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today heard the concerns of ordinary citizens seeking to rebuild their war-ravaged country, and thanked UN staff members, especially Afghans, for their assistance in this endeavour.

On historic visit to Afghanistan, Annan pledges support for war-weary nation

Paying a historic visit to Afghanistan – the first one for a United Nations leader in the past 40 years – Secretary-General Kofi Annan today brought a message of support to the war-weary people as he met with the Afghan leadership to discuss UN efforts to help with the country’s political transition and economic recovery.

Afghanistan: UN panel issues progress report on anti-Taliban sanctions

The United Nations Security Council Committee monitoring sanctions imposed against the Taliban has gained useful information by working with Member States and UN agencies in carrying out its difficult task, according to a report released today in New York.

Arriving in Iran, Annan says he will discuss regional concerns with senior officials

Arriving in Tehran this evening, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he would review concerns facing Iran and its neighbours during meetings on Saturday with the country’s senior officials.

Annan heads to Kabul to show ‘solidarity’ with Afghan people – UN spokesman

When United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Afghanistan on Friday, he will bring with him a message of support to the country’s war-weary people, a UN spokesman said today.

In Islamabad, Annan discusses regional concerns with Pakistani, UN officials

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today met with senior UN and Pakistani officials in Islamabad, where he discussed regional concerns, including the situation in Afghanistan and tensions over Kashmir.

East Timor: Annan invites world leaders to independence ceremony in May

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited the leaders of all 189 UN Member States – and the Holy See and Switzerland – to attend the 20 May ceremony marking the independence of East Timor, a UN spokesperson said today in New York.

Annan arrives in Pakistan for talks on Afghanistan, regional tensions

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Islamabad today for meetings with Pakistan's leadership to discuss support for the new Interim Administration in Afghanistan, as well as regional issues, including recent tensions in India-Pakistan relations.

Afghanistan: despite insecurity, UN staff presence is growing

Despite continued insecurity in rural areas of Afghanistan, the United Nations now has more than 100 international aid workers inside the country at each of its regional offices, UN officials said today.