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U.N. chief meets with President Park's special envoy

All News 05:44 January 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with a special envoy of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Switzerland and discussed ways to increase cooperation between the two sides, Ban's office said Thursday.

The meeting with Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos and the two sides discussed global issues as well as bilateral cooperation, the office said in a statement.

Ban expressed his appreciation for South Korea's support in advancing key international priorities, including the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, the office said.

Ban also expressed hope that Korea would play a leading global role in the implementation of the two goals.

Noting that Choi had successfully completed his service as deputy prime minister and had returned to the National Assembly this month, Ban asked that Choi galvanize support from the Korean government and parliament for the U.N.

The two sides also shared concerns about current developments on the Korean Peninsula after the North's nuclear test. Ban reiterated his hope that the parties will intensify efforts to move for denuclearization, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, the office said.


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