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Ban In Korea For 1st Official Visit As Sec-General

Ban arrives in Republic of Korea for first official visit as Secretary-General

3 July 2008 – Ban Ki-moon arrived in his native Republic of Korea today for his first official visit to the country since taking office as United Nations Secretary-General over 18 months ago.

Mr. Ban was greeted on his arrival at a military airport in the capital, Seoul, by Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo and other senior officials.

In addition to meeting with the Prime Minister and President Lee Myung-bak, Mr. Ban will also be addressing the National Assembly, attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Cemetery and holding talks with UN staff during his visit.

He is also expected to receive an honorary doctorate from Seoul National University.

Mr. Ban arrived in Seoul from China, which was the second stop on a three-nation tour that also took him to Japan. He will be returning to Japan next week to attend the Group of Eight summit of industrialized nations in Hokkaido.

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