New York, Mar 22 (IBNS) During a phone call with the newly elected Chinese President Xi Jinping, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for continued cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian country, adding that they have many goals in common.
"The Secretary-General said he was confident that cooperation between China and the United Nations would continue to grow because China´s path of peaceful development had many common elements with his own agenda on durable peace, conflict prevention, sustainable development and human rights for all," Mr. Ban´s spokesperson said in a statement.
In particular, Mr. Ban noted the common efforts to support Africa´s peace and development initiatives.
During the call, Mr. Ban also expressed concern about mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Last month, the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted a nuclear test prompting the Security Council to tighten sanctions on the country´s trade and banking, as well as travel by targeted officials.