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UN Official Meets With US Vice President-Elect

Published: Mon 12 Jan 2009 11:18 AM
Afghanistan: Top UN Official Meets With United States Vice President-Elect
New York, Jan 10 2009 12:10PM
United States Vice President-Elect, Joseph Biden, today met with the top United Nations official in Afghanistan to discuss the situation on the ground in the war-ravaged country as well as priorities for the next 12 months.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative Kai Eide held talks with the Democratic Senator touching on security, political, and development issues including donor coordination, police reform, and regional cooperation.
Mr. Eide emphasized the importance of continuing international support for Afghanistan and its people in line with the priorities identified at the Paris Conference in June, at which dozens of countries and organizations committed resources to help rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure and advance peace, security and development.
"This was a positive and constructive meeting," Mr. Eide said of the discussion in Kabul, which was att ended by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and US Ambassador Bill Wood among other officials.
Vice President-Elect Biden expressed his support for the UN and the role of Mr. Eide in leading its efforts in Afghanistan.
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