Ban phones Hasina, offers UN panel membership on water

New Age Online

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon phoned prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday and offered Bangladesh to be member of a UN high-level panel to be formed on water which she readily accepted.
‘Ban Ki-moon phoned prime minister Sheikh Hasina at about 8:00pm and said the United Nations was going to constitute a high-level panel on water,’ said prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim,United News of Bangladesh reported.
After exchanging greetings, he said, the UN secretary general made the proposal for Bangladesh to become a member of the panel to Hasina which she accepted.
Ban also said a conference of the UN Police will be held at the UN headquarters in New York in June and urged Hasina to send a high-level Bangladesh delegation to the conference.
Hasina also told the UN secretary general that a conference titled ‘Global Forum on Migration and Development’ was going to be organised in Dhaka in December and invited Ban Ki-moon to attend it.
About the current political situation in Bangladesh, Hasina informed the UN secretary general the situation in Bangladesh was now stable and all political parties were participating in local government polls at union council level. ‘The political parties are currently busy with election works,’ Hasina was quoted by Ihsanul to have told Ban.
Hasina said that earlier municipality elections were held with the participation of all political parties.
On Bangladesh development, she said, ‘The country’s development activities are going on.’
Later, the UN secretary general and the prime minister concluded the telephone conversations by extending thanks to each other again, the press secretary said.

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