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Hasina to hold talks with Zelensky in Munich

Update : 15 Feb 2024, 09:31

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said talks with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has been listed in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s schedules during her Munich visit in line with the request of the nation in war with Russia.

“The Prime Minister gave the appointment as Zelensky sought it,” he told reporters as asked whether there was any shift in Dhaka’s foreign policy in reference to Russia-Ukraine war.

 He said the scheduled bilateral meeting was expected to discuss matters related to stop the war as “Bangladesh stand is always clear, Bangladesh’s stance is always against the war”.

 Asked for comments on the possible impact on Dhaka-Moscow ties after Sheikh Hasina’s meeting with Zelensky, Mahmud said it would not affect Bangladesh relations with Russia in anyway.

“It is out of the question . . . Russia is our very close friend, they had stood beside us during our Liberation War. our ties are historical and solid,” he said.

Sheikh Hasina will also hold bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and premier’s of Denmark and Netherlands Mette Frederiksen and Mark Rutte on the conference sidelines.

The minister’s comments came as he called a press conference to brief the media about the premier’s February 15 to 19 Germany visit to join the Munich Security Conference.

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