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Japan supports 2nd term for Guterres as U.N. chief

  • February 9, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 5:48 p.m.
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TOKYO – Japan supports a second term for Antonio Guterres as secretary general of the United Nations starting next January, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday.


“Secretary General Guterres has shown outstanding leadership in tackling a wide range of issues that the United Nations deals with,” Motegi told a press conference, referring to the world body’s response to climate change and the novel coronavirus pandemic.


“Our country hopes to continue to closely cooperate with the secretary general,” he said.


Guterres’ spokesman said in January that the secretary general, whose term expires at the end of the year, has already conveyed his intention to continue in the post to the president of the General Assembly and to the five permanent members of the Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.


The General Assembly appoints the secretary general based on the recommendation of the Security Council. Usually, the secretary general serves two five-year terms.


Guterres assumed the top U.N. post in January 2017 after serving as Portuguese prime minister and U.N. refugee chief.

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