Dhaka seeks Jordan support for BD candidature for UNSC

Foreign Minister (FM) Dr Dipu Moni has sought the support of Jordan for the candidature of Bangladesh to the non-permanent seat of UN Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2016-17.

The FM sought the support during her meeting with Naser Judeh, her Jordanian counterpart on September 19 in New York, according to a message received in the city Tuesday, reports BSS.

Held on the sideline of the on-going UN General Assembly, both the FMs discussed issues of mutual interest and expressed the hope that both countries could work together to forge stronger bond between the two countries.

Naser assured that the candidature of Bangladesh will receive attentive consideration of the Jordanian Government considering the special relations existing between the two countries.

Dr Dipu Moni urged her Jordanian counterpart to take more Bangladeshi workers to Jordan who can also effectively contribute to the economic development of the country.

While praising the Bangladesh workforce, the Jordanian FM assured that they would seriously consider her request.

Earlier on the day, the FM attended a business meeting hosted by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in a local hotel.

In her speech, she outlined the priorities of the government such as maintenance of economic stability, finding long term solutions to power and energy crisis, investment in education and health, alleviation of poverty, ensure good governance and simplify legal and procedural formalities to attract local and foreign investors, among others.

Dr Dipu Moni drew attention to the audience, who largely comprised US business leaders, about the hefty US tariff being charged against the RMG products of Bangladesh in the US market.

The FM underscored that Bangladesh enjoys certain advantage, which has put her at a competitive stage.

She urged the audience to benefit from the new environment created in the country due to investment-friendly measures taken by the government.

Akramul Qader, Bangladesh Ambassador to USA, Wahid Hossain, Economic Minister of Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC, Jishnu Roy Chowdhury, Director General at the Foreign Ministry, AK Azad, President of the FBCCI were, among others, present on the occasion.