Britain and E.U. remain ‘important partners,’ U.N. chief says

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UNITED NATIONS, June 24 (APP): Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday took note of Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, saying the United Nations looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”

Britain is one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security
Council, along with China, France, Russia and the United States.

In a carefully-worded statement, Ban’s spokesman said, “The
secretary general has followed discussions surrounding the referendum in the United Kingdom closely. The vote to leave the European Union came at the end of intensive deliberations and rich discussions, not just
in the United Kingdom, but across Europe.

Now, as the United Kingdom and other E.U. member states embark on
the process of charting a way forward, the secretary general trusts in Europe’s well-proven history of pragmatism and common responsibility
in the interest of European citizens.

“At the U.N., we look forward to continuing our work with the
United Kingdom and the European Union both important partners.”

“The secretary general expects the European Union to continue to
be a solid partner for the United Nations on development and
humanitarian issues, as well as peace and security, including migration.”

“He also expects that the United Kingdom will continue to exercise
its leadership in many areas, including development. He very much hopes that this will continue.”

“When we work together, we are stronger.”