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No talks on midterm poll held during Ban Ki-Hasina meet

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ban_ki_moon_hasinaStaff Reporter
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday said there had been no discussion on midterm election in Bangladesh during the meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Saturday last.
Addressing a press conference at his ministry, the Foreign Minister also said the midterm election issue was not even there in the UN chief’s message issued marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s gaining membership in the United Nations.
The UN Secretary General’s message could not be published in the government supplement due to its ‘late arrival’.
Mahmood Ali said the UN chief thanked Prime Minister Hasina for restoring peaceful and stabile environment in Bangladesh after the January-5 national election.
He said Ban Ki-moon also highly appreciated the Prime Minister’s leadership in women empowerment and girls’ education.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Secretary (Bilateral, Training & Consular) Mustafa Kamal, Director General (South Asia wing) Tareq M Ariful Islam and DG (External Publicity Wing) Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman were, among others, present at the media briefing on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation in the UNGA in New York.