U.N. chief Ban expected at Afghan aid conference in July

JIJI

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected to visit Japan for an international ministerial conference July 8 on support for Afghanistan, U.N. sources said.

Final preparations are being made for the trip, which will take place at the invitation of the Japanese government, the sources said Wednesday.

During his visit, Ban may also hold talks with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba, according to the sources.

At the Afghan aid meeting in Tokyo, representatives from donor nations and international groups will vow to provide development assistance to the war-torn country. The conference will be cohosted by the Japanese and Afghan governments.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she plans to attend the meeting.

Ban, who became U.N. secretary general in 2007 and is now in his second five-year term, has visited Japan every year since 2008.