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UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi visiting Bangladesh on Thursday

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Senior UK Minister Baroness Warsi will discuss the challenges facing Bangladesh in the run up to the elections scheduled for next month.

Baroness Warsi will visit Bangladesh on Thursday to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP leader Khaleda Zia, and discuss the challenges facing Bangladesh in the run up to the elections scheduled for next month.

She will also exchange views on bilateral and international issues.

The UK government has expressed concerns at the recent violence and arrests of senior politicians and party officials in a fellow Commonwealth country, with the subject raised in the Houses of Parliament and closely followed by the 500,000 people of Bangladeshi origin living in the UK.

Notes to editors

  • Baroness Warsi last visited Bangladesh 18-20 February 2013, when she also called on the Prime Minister and leader of the opposition.

  • The Right Honourable Baroness Warsi PC was appointed the UK’s Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 4 September 2012. Her foreign policy responsibilities cover Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, human rights, the International Criminal Court, the UN and other international organisations.

  • Baroness Warsi became a Member of the House of Lords in 2007. In 2010, she became a member of the Privy Council and the first Muslim to serve in a UK Cabinet.