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Former U.N. chief Ban exchanges New Year's greetings with Park

All News 11:14 January 16, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called impeached President Park Geun-hye to offer a New Year's greeting and express his gratitude for her support for the international organization's activities during his 10 years of service.

In the telephone conversation, Ban also voiced hopes that Park can "cope well" with the alleged corruption scandal involving her and her longtime friend, which led to parliament stripping her of her executive power early last month.

"I should have met you face-to-face and offered my greeting, but I feel sorry that I was unable to do so," Ban said.

Park, in turn, wished Ban good health and luck in the new year, while appreciating his work as the U.N. helmsman.

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