- Title: Outgoing Ban Ki-moon says likely successor Guterres is "superb choice"
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON AND ITALIAN PRESIDENT SERGIO MATTARELLA ARRIVING FOR STATEMENT TO THE PRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: ''I congratulate Antonio Guterres who is expected to be nominated officially in a few hours by the Security Council for the General Assembly’s consideration to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations. I know Mr Guterres very well and consider him a superb choice.'' STATEMENT IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON SAYING: ''We worked closely together during his long and outstanding as UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He showed a deep compassion for the millions of people who have been forced from their homes. He worked around the clock to mount effective operations to come to their assistance. His past experience as prime minister of Portugal, his wide knowledge of world affairs, and his lively intellect will serve him well in leading the United Nations in a crucial period.'' STATEMENTS IN PROGRESS MATTARELLA AND BAN KI-MOON SHAKING HANDS / LEAVING
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 16:14
- Keywords: Guterres United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday (October 6) welcomed the likely nomination of Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, as his successor.
"I know Guterres very well and consider him a superb choice," Ban told reporters in Rome after a meeting with the Italian president.
"His experience as Portuguese prime minister, his wide knowledge of world affairs, and his lively intellect will serve him well in leading the United Nations in a crucial period," Ban said.
The U.N. Security Council is expected to formally nominate Guterres later on Thursday.
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