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Taranco meets Khaleda Zia

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Staff Reporter
Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco started meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence Saturday evening.
The meeting started around 7 pm.
UN Bangladesh resident coordinator Neal Walker, BNP standing committee member Dr Moyeen Khan, BNP chairperson’s advisor Shabihuddin Ahmad, BNP vice-chairman Shamser Mobin Chowdhury, among others, were present the meeting.
Earlier, Taranco held an hour-long one-to-one talk with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and another 40-minute talk with the Prime Minister and other officials at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Taranco, who arrived here on Friday evening amid the country’s murky political situation that has cast a shadow on its January-5 general election, started his Bangladesh mission by meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali today.
The UN envoy met Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at 10 am and Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali at 10:30am at the Foreign Ministry.
His visit is aimed at encouraging ‘dialogue and conditions’ conducive to parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5, said a statement issued by UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka, Neal Walker.

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