Australian Foreign Ministers Stephen Smith (C) is flanked by counterparts Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury of Bangladesh (L), Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Sahas Bandidkul (R) with second row from left: Hassan Wirajuda of Indonesia, Masahiko Koumura of Japan, Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos and Rais Yatim of Malaysia as they link arms for the traditional group photograph before the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Singapore on July 24, 2008.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (L) talks as Bangladesh foreign advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury looks on during a press meeting in Dhaka on April 24, 2008. Jiechi arrives on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh, during which political, trade and economic issues would be discussed with government functionaries.
This file photograph taken on February 8, 2008 shows Bangladesh British ambassador Anwar Chowdhury (L) and Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury during a press conference in Dhaka. British envoy to Dhaka Anwar Chowdhury spends his days practising the art of diplomacy but off duty he loves nothing more than to burst into a song -- to the surprise and delight of Bangladeshis. Bangladesh-born Anwar Choudhury, who returned to the country of his birth four years ago as Britain's high commissioner (ambassador), is so keen on singing he even performed for hundreds of guests at an embassy function last year.
UNITED NATIONS, UNITED NATIONS: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Bangladesh's Ambassador to the United Nations, sits among empty seats, 19 October 2006, during a break as the United Nations General Assembly votes for the Latin American Group seat in the Security Council at UN headquarters in New York. Venezuela and Guatemala are in contention for the seat.