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Iranian President considered for UN Secretary General post

Tehran, Sept 17, IRNA -- Iran plans to propose President Mohammad Khatami to become the next United Nations Secretary General, it was reported in Tehran on Friday.

Chairman of Iran's House of Political Parties Hassan Ghafourifard said he would discuss the issue with Khatami soon, and that a special committee would be formed to follow up due proceedings.

He said he had been informed that the next UN secretary general would be elected from Asia at the recent International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Beijing.

Ghafourifard added that the nomination of Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai for the post had provoked him to lobby for Khatami considering his "creditable cultural and political background" as Iran's president.

"I have proposed Khatami for the post by considering the fact that he initiated the idea of 'Dialogue Among Civilizations' against Hantington's 'Clashes of Civilizations' and also that 2001 was named as the Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations after Khatami's initiative," he said.

Ghafourifard further highlighted the efforts of President Khatami to promote the policy of detente in the international community as another reason for proposing him to win the UN post of secretary general.

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