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NEW YORK - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit several African nations, starting from next week, for the first time since he assumed the UN leadership in 2007.
The countries include South Africa and Tanzania.
Ban will also attend the March 2 international conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, organised to support the Palestinian people and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The conference will be co-chaired by Egypt and Norway.
He is scheduled to leave New York early next week, but the date for each stop in the itinerary was not made public, except for his attendance at the Sharm-el-Sheikh conference.
In South Africa, he will meet President Kgalema Motlanthe, former president Nelson Mandela, and some government ministers.
In Tanzania, he will meet President Jakaya Kikwete and address the diplomatic and academic communities in Dar-es-Salaam.
Ban will also stop in the DRC for a meeting with President Joseph Kabila and visit Bukavu where the UN supports a programme to help victims of sexual violence at the Panzi Hospital.
He will then fly to Rwanda to hold talks with President Paul Kagame. - Sapa-da