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18 Mar 2015 - 10:51
Today I completed a two-day visit to Nigeria, accompanied by the Secretary-General’s High-Level Representative to Nigeria, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. My meetings with key national political, electoral, and security officials, included the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC), Major General (Rtd.) Muhammadu Buhari; the Chair of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu; the Permanent Secretary of the Presidency, Ambassador Hassan Tukur; the Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr.
3 Mar 2015 - 18:11 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
Over the past four days, I have had a series of positive, constructive discussions here in Sri Lanka. The Secretary-General of the United Nations asked me to visit at what he sees as a moment of historic opportunity for the people of this beautiful country: your democratic elections and peaceful transition have not only inspired the citizens of Sri Lanka but also captured the attention of Sri Lanka’s many friends in the international community. I want to thank the Government of Sri Lanka for its generous hospitality in helping to arrange my visit on relatively short notice.
14 Jan 2015 - 16:00
I am concluding a two-day visit in Nepal. I came here at the request of the Secretary-General, who is personally committed to Nepal’s peace and prosperity, including the successful completion of the constitution-making process. The Secretary-General asked me to meet with Nepal’s leaders and to convey several messages:
12 Dec 2014 - 12:39 | Bujumbura, Burundi
C’est un honneur d’avoir été reçu par le Président de la République. Je lui ai transmis les salutations chaleureuses du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-Moon. J’étais accompagné du Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général au Burundi Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. Je félicité le Président de la République pour la réussite de la Table Ronde, qui s’est tenue hier et aujourd’hui avec les partenaires du Burundi. Cela a été l’occasion pour les partenaires du Burundi de poser les bases d’une coopération renforcée après la tenue d’élections crédibles et pacifiques.
11 Dec 2014 - 11:03 | Bujumbura, Burundi
Excellence, Monsieur le Président de la République Excellence, Monsieur le Premier Vice Président de la République Excellence, Monsieur le Deuxième Vice Président de la République Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres, Monsieur le maire de Bujumbura, Monsieur le Président de la formation Burundi à la Commission de consolidation de la paix, Monsieur le Réprésentant Spécial du Secretaire general, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ambassadeurs et chefs de missions diplomatiques, Distingués invités, Mesdames et Messieurs
4 Dec 2014 - 16:30 | London United Kingdom
Distinguished Ministers and Representatives, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the government of the United Kingdom for hosting this important meeting, and extend my thanks to all present here, for reaffirming their commitment to supporting a strong, independent and forward-looking Afghanistan.   I warmly welcome President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, CEO Abdullah and the Afghan delegation to this meeting, recognising the central role that reform has played in the President’s first months in office.
19 Nov 2014 - 17:40
Your Excellency, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Your Excellency, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to be with you today. I thank our generous hosts, the Government of Denmark, and all of you for your commitment to Somalia.
19 Nov 2014 - 12:20
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   This has been a rich day of discussions. I will not attempt to summarize all our deliberations, but let me review the salient points. First, I welcome the agreement we have heard on the need for an arrangement to ensure political unity, continuity and stability. We welcome the process initiated by IGAD to facilitate dialogue to this end. We have agreed to come together within 6 months, to evaluate progress on the political process, implementation of Vision 2016, and security.
28 Oct 2014 - 16:31 | Berlin, Germany
I am pleased to convey my greetings to this meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon. I thank the German government for hosting and recognize Prime Minister Salam for his leadership. Last month in New York, this Group expressed concern about the severe and growing challenges facing Lebanon as a result of the conflict in Syria. Continuing pressure on Lebanon’s eastern border and the weekend’s attacks on the Lebanese army in Tripoli have further highlighted the threat.
28 Oct 2014 - 11:02 | Berlin, Germany
The International Support Group for Lebanon met on Tuesday in Berlin to discuss the impact of millions of Syrian refugees in the country and the region. The Group includes representatives from the UN and its specialized agencies, the Arab League, the European Union (EU) and the five permanent members of the Security Council. It was established in 2013 to mobilize support for Lebanon's stability and state institutions in the wake of the crisis in Syria.   Chairman's Summary