New York

19 June 2014

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh, on 19 June.  They discussed Bangladesh's achievements in disaster risk reduction, lowering mortality rates and reducing extreme poverty.

The Secretary-General thanked the President for Bangladesh’s contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.  President Hamid informed the Secretary-General that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would participate in the Climate Summit in September.

The Secretary-General expressed his regret at the failure of political parties to reach an agreement that would have allowed for inclusive elections in January 2014. He emphasized the importance of engaging the extra-parliamentary opposition and encouraged progress in social and political reconciliation.