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Russian President Putin Meets Next UN Chief Antonio Guterres

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to have the same course of interaction with the incoming UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, as he had with the outgoing chief, Ban Ki-moon.

In a meeting with Guterres on Thursday, Putin said Russia has always supported and supports strengthening (the UN's) leading role in international affairs, in conflict-resolution, in the struggle for human rights.

The Russian president said he would put efforts into maintaining with Guterres the "same constructive dialogue" that Russia had with Ban.

Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal who served as the UN's refugee chief, is to officially begin his tenure at the UN on January 1.

Source: Al Alam

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