Obama congratulates new UN Chief on appointment

 Obama congratulates new UN Chief on appointment

US President Barack Obama congratulated the next UN chief Antonio Guterres on his recent election, pledging that the US would continue to work closely with the world body.

In the phone call Obama stressed to the former Portuguese PM, who will become the new secretary general of the United Nations on January 1, the importance of UN reform efforts, including "ensuring effective and accountable peacekeeping."

"The President pledged our continued assistance on UN efforts to address a wide array of global challenges," the White House said in a statement, "including climate change, forced migration, sustainable development, nonproliferation, humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and promoting respect for human rights."

"He also stressed the importance of strengthening UN reform efforts, including ensuring effective and accountable peacekeeping and strengthening and modernizing UN institutions."

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