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UN Chief Congratulates Obama on Presidential Race Victory
    2008-11-06 01:41:01     Xinhua

United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday congratulated Barack Obama on his victory in the U.S. presidential race, expressing confidence in future UN-U.S. relations.

"On behalf of the United Nations -- and myself personally -- I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Senator Barack Obama as the next President of the United States," Ban told reporters.

He praised both candidates in the U.S. presidential race as " outstanding men" advocating "causes close to our hearts at the United Nations."

The UN chief said he looks forward to working with the new administration to "fulfill our common goals and enormously important objectives."

"This is, I believe, an historic opportunity," Ban said. "I am confident, today, about future relations between the United Nations and the United States."

"I am confident that we can look forward to an era of renewed partnership and a new multilateralism," the UN chief said. "I look forward to working closely with President-elect Obama."

"With a glad heart, I welcome this new era of partnership for change," Ban said.

Ban told reporters that he last encountered Obama aboard a flight from Washington to New York in early February 2007, when the two spent more than half an hour discussing many issues such as non-proliferation and UN reforms.

"He was very engaged and he knew a lot about the United Nations, and I was very much encouraged," the UN chief said. "I am quite optimistic that we will be able to have a strengthened partnership. "



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