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Ban Ki-moon to visit India

Published By United Press International
NEW DELHI, April 25 (UPI Asia) -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is arriving Thursday, April 26, on a four-day official visit to India.

According to a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry in New Delhi, the Secretary General will be accompanied by his wife Ban Soon-taek and a high-level delegation of UN experts and officials. This is his third visit to India after assuming the office of Secretary General over five years ago.

Ban will visit Mumbai over the course of this visit. During the Delhi leg of his visit, the Secretary General will be received Thursday by his host, the External Affairs, Minister S. M. Krishna.

The UN Secretary General will visit Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where the two men are likely to discuss India's view on global and regional issues. Ban is also slated to meet Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Meira Kumar and Federal Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

During his stay in New Delhi, Ban will receive an honorary doctorate from Jamia Millia Islamia University.

The visiting dignitary will reach Mumbai on Saturday, where he will be received by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan.

Ban will inspect some of the UN development projects in Mumbai and participate in a Millennium Development Goals-related event being arranged in the city.
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