• Trump agrees to meet with UN chief

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    UNITED NATIONS, United States: US President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to hold a first face-to-face meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN spokesman said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). “They agreed to meet,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that no firm date had been set for the talks. Ban told Agemce France-Presse in an interview on Friday that he was hoping to meet Trump before he ends his tenure as UN chief on December 31. Trump won the US presidency on a platform that calls for closer ties with Russia, pulling out of the Paris climate deal, shaking up security alliances and questioning US funding of the United Nations. His election victory has shocked UN diplomats and notably put a question mark over the fate of the Paris climate deal championed by Ban during his 10 years at the helm of the United Nations. Ban has downplayed anxiety over a new world order under Trump, saying that as president, the billionaire real estate tycoon will shed the strident rhetoric of the campaign and work to confront global crises like climate change.

    AFP

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