Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join a meeting of the 10 U.N. peacekeeper contributing nations scheduled to be held in New York on September 23.

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty formally handed over the invitation letter from the U.S. president to the Bangladesh’s prime minister on Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s (PM) Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters after a meeting.

During the meeting, President Obama will exchange views and experiences on U.N. peacekeeping operations across the world.

Bangladesh is the second highest contributor to the U.N. peacekeeping missions with regard to number of peacekeepers while the U.S. secured the number one position in financial contributions to the U.N. peacekeeping missions.

During the meeting, U.S. ambassador and Bangladesh’s prime minister discussed bilateral trade and business between the two countries as well as the forthcoming visit of Sheikh Hasina to that country on the occasion of United Nations General Assembly session’ 2009.

Acting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Michael S Owen, PM’s advisor for International Affairs Prof Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary MA Karim, Office Secretary Mollah Waheeduzzaman and ambassador M Ziauddin were present.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-10September09-5:44 am (BST)