Ban discusses Egypt’s democratic transition process with Foreign Minister

20 September 2011

Egypt’s transition to democracy following the ouster of the regime of Hosni Mubarak was among the issues discussed in a meeting between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the country’s Foreign Minister on the margins of the annual United Nations General Assembly.

Egypt’s transition to democracy following the ouster of the regime of Hosni Mubarak was among the issues discussed in a meeting between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the country’s Foreign Minister on the margins of the annual United Nations General Assembly.

During the meeting that took place on Monday in New York, Mr. Ban and Mohamed Kamel Ali Amr talked about the forthcoming elections, to which the Secretary-General attaches great importance, according to information provided by his spokesperson.

They also exchanged views on key regional peace and security issues, including developments in Libya, which also featured in Mr. Ban’s discussions today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada.

The Secretary-General and Mr. Harper also talked about current developments in Haiti, as well as on UN priorities for the years ahead, among other issues.

Among his other meetings with world leaders, Mr. Ban met yesterday with Pál Schmitt, the President of Hungary, with whom he discussed a range of issues such as the situation in the western Balkans, including Kosovo and prospects for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, and the Middle East peace process.

On Monday the Secretary-General also had a meeting with Grigol Vashadze, Foreign Minister of Georgia, during which they discussed regional cooperation in the South Caucasus region.

 

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