Washington, DC

19 February 2015

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali

The Secretary-General met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali, and discussed cooperation between the United Nations and the Government of Bangladesh.

The Secretary-General thanked Bangladesh for its contributions to the work of the United Nations, in particular to peacekeeping operations. He also expressed his concern regarding the loss of lives and political violence that have occurred in Bangladesh since the beginning of 2015.

The Secretary-General encouraged the Government of Bangladesh to seek concrete ways to de-escalate the situation and to engage constructively the opposition, for the long-term stability and development of the country.