Government Policy

Bangladesh extends support to Qatar in UNESCO DG post

DHAKA, Dec 27, 2016 (BSS) - Bangladesh has extended its support to the Qatari candidature in the post of director general of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended the support when Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, the adviser of the Diwan Amiri of the State of Qatar and the Qatari candidate in the UNESCO director general post, paid a courtesy call on the PM at her office here this morning.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said during the meeting, Dr Hamad sought Bangladesh's support to his candidature in the director general post of the UNESCO.

In response, the prime minister told Dr Hamad that she is glad at his candidature in the post of UNESCO director general.

"I'm glad at your candidature at the post and you will get our support," the press secretary quoted the prime minister as saying.

Sheikh Hasina also said she is very happy to know that for the first time a candidate from Arab countries is contesting the post.

The Qatari Emir's adviser informed the prime minister that the election to the post of UNESCO director general will be held in October next in Paris.

In this context, Dr Hamad also said he is visiting Bangladesh, the first in any country, after announcement of his candidature in the post.

The premier expressed satisfaction over the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and Qatar and hoped that the traditional and brotherly ties would be consolidated further in the days to come.

She also recalled her visits to Qatar.

Dr Hamad highly appreciated the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a women leader in the Muslim world and said others should follow her.

He also lauded Bangladesh's stunning success in socioeconomic development and education sector under the stewardship of the prime minister.

Spelling out various steps for her government for the development of the country and its people, Sheikh Hasina said the main aim of her government is to eradicate poverty.

While talking about the signing of a memorandum of understanding on strengthening cultural cooperation, between the two countries, the Qatari Emir's adviser said the MoU would be inked during a suitable occasion.

The Qatar Emir's adviser also pointed out election of the Prime Minister's daughter Saima Wazed Hossain as the Chairperson of the International Jury Board of UNESCO-Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Dr Hamad said he is aware about this as well as other noble work on autism and the children with disabilities by Saima Wazed Hossain, who is also the chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism Bangladesh and a member of the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum, PM's Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Joynul Abedin and Ambassador of Qatar in Dhaka Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Dehaimi were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)