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Bangladesh, UK discuss on multidimensional cooperation: Hasan

Update : 24 Jan 2024, 21:18

Foreign Minister Dr Hasana Mahmud today said that he discussed on multidimensional cooperation between Bangladesh and United Kingdom (UK) as British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sarah Cooke called on him.

"We have discussed on how we would further deepen the ties between Bangladesh and the UK," he told reporters after the meeting at the foreign ministry here.

The foreign minister said that they discussed on cooperation between central banks of the two countries to check inflation, and in ICT sector, cyber security, climate change and Rohingya repatriation.

"On climate change front, we are working with the UK both locally and in the international forums," he said.

Terming Britain as one of the major development partners of Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud said the UK has a significant investment here.

Responding to a question, the minister said that repatriation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar with citizen rights is the only solution of the crisis while they discussed on requirement of huge funds to ensure basic amenities for the huge number of displaced people.   

Replying to another question on the human rights issue, Hasan Mahmud said that human rights is a global issue and every country is working for improvement in this area.

"We will defiantly work with the UK on human rights front," he added.

The minister said he also urged the envoy to ease the process of family reunion of the Bangladeshi expatriates staying the in the UK.

Responding to a question about bringing back convicted BNP leader Tariq Rahman, the minister said, "Our government is determined to execute verdict of any convicted person. Tariq Rahman is also convicted ... the government will take action on that too at the appropriate time."

The foreign minister said his British counterpart David Cameron sent a message congratulating him on his appointment as foreign minister of Bangladesh and expressed willingness to work together to strengthen the relations.

The British envoy handed over the letter to the Bangladesh foreign minister at the meeting.

Earlier, after emerging from the meeting, the British high commissioner said the UK would work with Bangladesh to further strengthen Dhaka-London ties on trade and security partnership fronts.

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