Secretary-General’s emissary meets with Saudi king
Ibrahim Gambari, the former head of the UN Department for Political Affairs who was named Special Advisor on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Political Issues just last Friday, delivered a message from the Secretary-General to the king during the meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, yesterday.
Mr. Gambari has since spoken with Mr. Ban by phone and will fully brief him on all his discussions upon his return to New York. While in Saudi Arabia he will continue contacts with senior government officials and will travel to Jeddah later in the week to meet with the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The Compact was launched last July in an effort to end the killings and bring stability to Iraq and then Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that without greater global support, the violence-torn country would fail to attain peace.