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Ban to attend Teheran summit despite protests: UN

Published on Aug 23, 2012 5:59 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations (UN) leader Ban Ki-moon will go to a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Teheran next week in the face of opposition by Israel and the United States (US), a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Mr Ban will "convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community" on Iran's nuclear program, terrorism, human rights and the civil war in Syria, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Ban this month he would be making "a big mistake" if he attended the summit in Iran.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, also advised Mr Ban against going, diplomats said.

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