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Di Mistura update

After having withdrawn from consideration for the U.N.’s top job in Afghanistan, veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan di Mistura called U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the weekend to say that he had changed his mind, according to U.N. diplomatic sources. Di Mistura had rejected the job after having learned that a family member was seriously ill. ...

After having withdrawn from consideration for the U.N.’s top job in Afghanistan, veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan di Mistura called U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the weekend to say that he had changed his mind, according to U.N. diplomatic sources. Di Mistura had rejected the job after having learned that a family member was seriously ill. But sources said that the initial tests have proven less grave than initially feared. It remains unclear, however, whether di Mistura is simply seeking more time to consider his options, or whether he has decided to take the job.

Colum Lynch is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @columlynch

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