Morocco attacks against UN chief: Ban Ki-moon voices "deep disappointment," "anger"

WASHINGTON (United States)- United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon expressed Monday his "deep disappointment" and "anger" following Morocco's attacks against his person, dubbing them "disrespectful" towards the UN.

The Secretary-General, in a meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, in New York, "conveyed his astonishment at the recent statement of the Moroccan Government and expressed his deep disappointment and anger regarding the demonstration that was mobilized on Sunday 13 March, which targeted him in person," the UN said in a statement released just after the meeting.

The UN chief stressed that "such attacks are disrespectful to him and to the United Nations."

"He also requested a clarification regarding the reported presence of several members of the Moroccan Government among the demonstrators," the statement said, adding that "Ban asked the Foreign Minister to ensure that the United Nations enjoys respect in Morocco."