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Heads of state, int’l agencies hope Sheikh Hasina will retain power

Heads of state, int’l agencies hope Sheikh Hasina will retain power

Heads of state and international agencies have expressed optimism that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will form the government again through winning the next general elections as the premier held separate meetings with them in New York on Wednesday (Sep 26).

“In general all of them expressed the hope that the continuity of the present government will go on and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will remain in Bangladesh’s leadership,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said this while briefing reporters after the meetings.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the UN Masud Bin Momen were present at the briefing held at Hotel Grand Hayaat New York last night, news agency reports said.

On the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, the PM held separate meetings with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Ms Henrietta Fore, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar Ambassador Christine Schraner Burgener and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in the bilateral meeting room of the UN Headquarters.

Besides, she also addressed the High-level Informal Dialogue on ‘Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Towards COP24 and Beyond’

“Extending congratulations, they told the premier that we will get back you as the prime minister again,” the foreign secretary said.

Haque said the heads of the state and the international agencies expressed this hope considering the regional stability, the PM’s role regarding the Rohingya issue, regional economic development and integration.

The press secretary said the heads of state and international agencies expressed the hope that both democracy and development will go together in Bangladesh.