India and Bangladesh reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen the partnership and expand multi-faceted cooperation, and also stressed the need to resume activities on various joint mechanisms soon after the improvement of the Covid scenario in the two countries, officials said.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, discussed a range of issues, including bilateral and regional connectivity, Covid-19 and the immunization situation in the two countries.
Jaishankar, at the meeting, expressed his joy as the vaccine supply to Bangladesh is back on track from diverse external sources, including through a COVAX deal.
They also discussed the issue of repatriation of forcibly displaced Burmese nationals temporarily staying in Bangladesh (the Rohingyas) as well as the cooperation of the two countries in various international forums.
Momen had held separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts from India, China and Tajikistan on the sidelines of the International Conference on “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity.” Challenges and opportunities ”Thursday in Tashkent.
This was followed by Momen’s meeting with Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister.
The two sides thanked each other for exchanging video messages from President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Hasina on the occasion of the joint program of the 100th anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the Golden Jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh and the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, respectively.
Momen thanked the Chinese government for launching the six-party consultation on Covid and expressed Bangladesh’s gratitude to the Chinese government for supporting the people of Bangladesh at an extremely difficult time by sending doses of vaccine as a gift and also opening the commercial supply line.
He reiterated his request to initiate vaccine co-production in Bangladesh with a partnership with Bangladeshi and Chinese stakeholders. Wang Yi assured him of the Chinese government’s support on this issue.
The two foreign ministers agreed to continue to work more towards the repatriation of the Rohingya. They also stressed the need to resume the tripartite dialogue.
During his meeting with Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Momen proposed to set up a joint working commission to boost bilateral trade and investment.
Muhriddin expressed his country’s gratitude to Bangladesh for graciously welcoming the persecuted Rohingya people and pledged to continue supporting Bangladesh in its multidimensional efforts to repatriate the displaced Rohingya.
At the invitation of his Uzbek counterpart, Momen leads a delegation from Bangladesh made up of the Bangladeshi Ambassador to Uzbekistan and senior officials from Dhaka at the International Conference on “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity.” Challenges and Opportunities ”.
Momen will leave for Dhaka on July 18th.
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