The United Nations expressed full solidarity and cooperation with the government and the people of Bangladesh.
‘The UN expresses full solidarity and full cooperation with the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh,’ UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said in a meeting with the Bangladesh premier in New York.
The meeting was held at the UN secretary general’s meeting room at the UN headquarters on Thursday afternoon.
After the meeting, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters.
On the election issue, Guterres hoped that the next general elections in Bangladesh would be a participatory one.
Mentioning his numerous visits to Bangladesh, the UN secretary general said he loved the country very much.
Highly appreciating Bangladesh’s tremendous development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Guterres said that many countries could learn from its achievements.
He highly praised the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, specially her stance on the issue of the Rohingyas. ‘You can become a role model for many heads of state and government,’ the UN secretary general told the prime minister.
While talking about the Rohingya issue, the UN secretary general said the Myanmar government should start repatriation and proper rehabilitation of the Rohingyas as soon as possible.
The prime minister briefed him on different aspects of developments in Bangladesh.
Guterres underscored the need for facing climate change together and requested Sheikh Hasina to continue with her leadership on this issue.
Later, president of International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the bilateral meeting room at the UN headquarters.
Mentioning that the ICRC was also working in the Northern Rakhaine state of Myanmar, the prime minister urged the organisation to play a stronger role in the repatriation and rehabilitation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.
Later, president of the 73rd session of the UN general assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Graces paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at the president’s office.
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