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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Uzbekistan
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Good afternoon. Apologies to all of you who had expected the Queen of the Netherlands to be here, she will be here tomorrow. We had a calendar malfunction, but she will be here tomorrow.
For today, I can tell you that the Secretary-General will depart New York on Saturday evening, 6 June, for a trip that will take him to Germany and Central Asia. His first stop is Germany, where he will attend the official inauguration of the extension building of the World Conference Center in Bonn on 7 June. Following that on 8 June, he will travel to Schloss Elmau to take part in meetings on terrorism and development at the Summit of G7 meeting with G7 partners. While in Germany, he will also meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
On Tuesday, the Secretary-General will arrive in Tajikistan, where he will attend the opening ceremony of the High-level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade, "Water for Life". While in the capital, Dushanbe, he will also meet with President [Emomali] Rahmon and will visit Lake Sarez. The following day, 10 June, the Secretary-General will visit Kazakhstan, where he will participate in the fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. He will also meet with President [Nursultan] Nazarbayev, Prime Minister [Karim] Massimov, Foreign Minister [Erlan] Idrissov, and Speaker of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The Secretary-General will then travel on to Kyrgyzstan, on 11 June, he will attend the opening of the International Conference on "Development of Parliamentarianism". He will also hold talks with President [Almazbek] Atambaev, Prime Minister Temir Sariev and the Speaker of Parliament, [Asilbek] Jeenbekov, and visit the city of Osh, where he will meet with civil society representatives and local authorities.
On 12 June, he will travel to Uzbekistan, where he will meet with the country's top officials, including President [Islam] Karimov and Foreign Minister [Abdulaziz] Kamilov. The Secretary-General's final stop in Central Asia will be Turkmenistan, where he will meet with the President and other senior officials. He will also address faculty and students at the International University for Humanities and Development in Turkmenistan.
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