World Bulletin/News Desk
Bangladesh will withdraw its bid for a place on the UN Security Council in order to support Japan’s candidacy for a seat on the pivotal international body.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina revealed the decision to pull out of the Asia-Pacific group for a non-permanent UNSC seat after meeting Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Saturday.
In a joint press announcement, Sheikh Hasina said that “in view of Japan's continued and strong support [for] Bangladesh's development process, and in the interest of solidarity and unity of the Asia-Pacific Group at the UN” Dhaka would back Japan for the 2016-17 Security Council term.
Abe welcomed Hasina’s decision and said that the move would be instrumental in further strengthening bilateral relations.
"It would also enhance bilateral cooperation in the international arena," he said.
The two prime ministers expressed their resolve to encourage greater high-level interactions to enhance mutual understanding.
They also emphasized the need for increased knowledge-sharing initiatives through technical cooperation and capacity building between think-tanks and research organizations from the two countries.
Prime Minister Abe also met Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban, his official residence.
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