Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
President Abdul Hamid on Thursday told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the situation in Bangladesh is very stable now, especially after the January 5 election.
“People have accepted the election results and they are looking forward to a better future,” he said in a meeting with Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters, according to a message received here.
“A sense of relief prevails in public mind and they are least interested to have chaos and instability in the country,” the president added.
Hamid and Ban Ki-moon discussed various issues related to Bangladesh and the United Nations.
Hamid said Bangladesh expects a better representation to ‘command position’ in UN peacekeeping missions as it is the highest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping activities.
“In line with our contributions and commitment to peacekeeping operations, we expect that Bangladesh to be better represented to command position at the field and senior staff level--both at civilian and uniform positions of the headquarters,” he said.
The president said Dhaka greatly values UN Secretary General’s continuous attention to development in Bangladesh.
Ban Ki-moon appreciated the progress of the country in its different sectors, especially in the fields of poverty reduction, reproductive healthcare system and disaster management.
Mentioning that he is going to arrange a climate summit at the UN soon, Ban Ki-moon lauded the leading role of Bangladesh in raising voice at different international forums against the adverse effects of climate change.
Senior Secretary to the president’s Office Sheikh Altaf Ali, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations AK Abdul Momen, Military Secretary to the president Major General Abul Hossain and Press Secretary to the president Ihsanul Karim were on Bangladesh side while UN Under Secretary General Ameerah Haq and high officials of the UN Secretariat on the UN side during the meeting.
Later, Bangladeshi-born UN Under Secretary-General Ameerah Haq met President Abdul Hamid at his hotel suite.
At the meeting, they discussed various matters related to bilateral issues and mutual interests.
The UN under-secretary lauded Bangladeshi blue helmets’ committed role in maintaining world peace and stability.