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Taranco sits with Russian envoy

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Staff Reporter
Visiting UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco sat in a meeting with Russian ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander A Nikolaev on Monday noon.
After a meeting with senior Awami League leaders, the UN envoy went to the residence of Nikolaev around 12:30pm and sat in the meeting there.
Earlier on Sunday, Taranco in his bid to help Bangladesh find a solution to the ongoing political crisis also met Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran.
After the meeting with the Russian envoy, he will go to the Election Commission where he is scheduled to hold a meeting with the commission at 2:00pm.
Taranco arrived here on Friday amid the country’s murky political situation that has cast a shadow on its January-5 general election.
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.
Meanwhile, the UN envoy had a series of meetings with Awami League and BNP leaders, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition leader Khaleda Zia.

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