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Commonwealth seeks PM's support on new programmes

Thereport24.com Desk:

Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland has sought support and leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Commonwealth's new programmes related to the women empowerment.

"We are going to undertake new programmes related to women empowerment and we seek your support and leadership in this regard," she said. Patricia sought the support when she called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday.

After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haq briefed reporters. He said that the commonwealth secretary general highly praised the Bangladesh premier for her achievement in women empowerment.

She also briefed the premier on two new priorities of the organisation including Commonwealth-wise program on countering violent extremism and terrorism and the protection of human rights.

Patricia said there are two big clusters in the priorities. These are: SDG, climate change and countering violent extremism and terrorism and human rights.

She sought Sheikh Hasina's support for these two clusters, and said the Commonwealth is going to develop some new programmes basing on the experience of Bangladesh.

The prime minister invited the Commonwealth secretary general to visit Bangladesh and Patricia Scotland gladly accepting the invitation said that she would visit Dhaka shortly.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Sept 20, 2016