Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni has emphasized on full implementation of the international conventions on nuclear safety and security.

“To ensure energy security and to meet rising power needs, Bangladesh government has embarked on building the country’s first nuclear plant with inherent safety measures keeping in line with ‘Vision 2021’,” she said at a high-level meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security in New York on Thursday.

The meeting was convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s general debate, according to a message received in the capital Dhaka on Friday.

Dipu Moni at an informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at a local hotel focused on connectivity and strengthening of the SAARC Secretariat.

The foreign minister expressed her optimism that the forthcoming Male Summit will witness signing of four agreements in the areas of Seed Bank, recognition of conformity assessments, implementation of regional standards and on rapid response to natural disasters.

On the same day, she attended the Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Committee on Palestine. The meeting took stock of actions taken since Bali meeting held in May this year on the statehood of Palestinians.

The foreign minister reiterated Bangladesh’s strong commitment for an independent Palestinian State with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

She attended the 36th Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) chaired by the Ghana’s Foreign Minister of Ghana on Thursday.

It was attended by seven foreign ministers and made observations about the situation in Fiji, among others.

The Commonwealth foreign Ministers at a separate meeting discussed political, small states, and trade issues, among others, the statement added.

Dipu Moni shared her views about the “Elements Papers” which will form the basis of the next CHOGM Communiqué.

In her statement, she stressed that the Communiqué should be exhaustive to cover the concerns and expectations of the member states.

The foreign minister reminded the house about the proposal Bangladesh submitted earlier along with Jamaica for inclusion of “migration and development” in the provisional agenda of CHOGM and “Elements Papers” of the Communiqué.

BBN/SSR/AD-23Sept11-8:56 pm (BST)