Thursday, November 6, 2008
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon congratulated former law professor Barack Obama on his election as President of the United States, and stated that Obama's election presented "an historic opportunity" for multilateralism and enhanced partnership with the United Nations. Mr. Ban said that this is a "good opportunity not only for, not only the United States, but the United Nations as a whole to resolve all issues through dialogue." According to a UN press release, Mr. Ban told journalists that he met Mr. Obama for the first and only time last year, shortly after taking office as Secretary-General. They were seated next to each other on a flight between Washington and New York. During the half-hour flight, Obama asked the Secretary-General many questions on the UN goals and on issues such as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Iranian nuclear issue, and UN reform. Mr. Ban said that Obama "was very engaging and he knew a lot about the United Nations." Mr. Ban also congratulated his "good friend," Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden.