Dhaka eyes stronger ties with Moscow

15 Jun,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday said collective resolve and tireless efforts would contribute to further widening and deepening the existing excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Russia taking it to a “greater height” in the days ahead.

To this end, the Foreign Minister will undertake a visit to Moscow in the near future to discuss bilateral and global issues of mutual interests with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

“Both countries are engaged in discussions about various ways of broader economic engagements, particularly creating more congenial two-way trade and investment opportunities and exchange of cultural delegations,” Mahmood Ali said.

He was addressing a reception at the Russian Embassy marking the National Day of the Russian Federation as the chief guest.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, former commerce minister Faruk Khan, diplomats and journalists were present.

Russian Ambassador in Dhaka Alexander I Ignatov also spoke on the occasion highlighting the strong ties between the two countries.

He said a new horizon would be opened up in the relations between the two countries in the coming days.

The two-way trade has crossed $1-billion mark surpassing the target set during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the Russian Federation in 2013.

The Foreign Minister said the commonality of values and principles like securing global peace and stability, sovereignty of states and the peaceful resolution of conflicts give them the ground for meaningful cooperation in line with the principles and objectives enshrined in the UN Charter.

“In the United Nations and many other international fora, our collective efforts to uphold these values, principles and practices have been noteworthy,” he said.

He said the entry of Bangladesh into the nuclear power area is a major breakthrough for the Bangladesh economy as well as for the mindset of people.

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