26 Feb 2023, 17:51
Update : 26 Feb 2023, 19:25

Guterres reaffirms UN’s support to Bangladesh  

DHAKA, Feb 26, 2023 (BSS) – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres has reaffirmed UN’s continued support to Bangladesh in overcoming unprecedented challenges that may arise out of the ongoing global conflicts and the adverse impact of climate change. 
He made this commitment while meeting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen at the U N Headquarters in New York on Friday, a press release said here today.  
The SG informed that some European Countries namely Latvia, Estonia, Belgium and Netherlands have adequate stockpile of raw materials of fertilizer that Bangladesh may consider to import at an affordable price. 
Thanking Secretary-General, the Foreign Minister assured that Bangladesh will explore the possibility to seize this opportunity. 
Momen applauded the Black Sea Grain initiative that helped countries in need to import fertilizer and cereal to tackle their food crisis. 
Appreciating Bangladesh’s extra-ordinary development trajectory under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Guterres wished that Bangladesh would continue to achieve more successes in the coming years, particularity in attaining the SDGs. 
He also admired the continuous leadership of Bangladesh in maintaining the international peace and security as the top troops and police contributing country to the United Nations peacekeeping operations. 
They also discussed the Rohingya crisis and its possible way out in view of the recently adopted Security Council’s Resolution on Myanmar. 
They underscored the importance of ASEAN’s leadership in resolving the crisis. 
The Secretary General highly appreciated Bangladesh’s generosity for sheltering 1.2 million Rohingyas and reiterated UN’s support for returning the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar. 
Earlier, the Foreign Minister held meetings with Csaba Korösi, the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary General for Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs (DPPA) and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Department of Peace Operations (DPO).  
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith was present, among others, at those meetings.