~Bangladesh to withdraw UNSC candidatureBreaking Star Online Report Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12:56pm on Saturday. Photo: Star Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12:56pm on Saturday. Photo: Star Bangladesh today declared it would withdraw its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the term of 2016-17 in support of Japan. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the Bangladesh’s decision during a joint press announcement following official talks between the two countries at her office in Dhaka. “We would also withdraw Bangladesh’s candidature in favour of Japan,” said the Bangladesh premier. In response, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who arrived in Dhaka earlier in the day on a 21-hour visit, expressed his gratefulness to his Bangladeshi counterpart for her broader cooperation. Hasina in her speech also said, “In view of Japan’s continued and strong support in Bangladesh’s development process and in the interest of solidarity and unity of the Asia Pacific Group at the UN, it is my pleasure to declare that Bangladesh would support Japan’s candidature from the Asia Pacific Group for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the term 2016-17.” Bangladesh's support is crucial for Japan as Dhaka had been campaigning since 2002 for the nonpermanent seat. But only one member state from the Asia-pacific region can win each election. In 1978, Bangladesh was elected non-permanent member of UNSC defeating Japan.