Lee Nak-yon hopes the existing ties between the countries will strengthen in future
South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has said that his country will stand by Bangladesh to materialize its visions for 2021 and 2041.
His pledge came during a meeting with President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in Dhaka on Sunday evening, reports UNB.
Briefing reporters afterwards, the president's Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin said Lee believed that Bangladesh government’s vision to be a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 will be materialized, and his country will always stand by Bangladesh to this end.
Lee said South Korea gave priority to its bilateral relations with Bangladesh, and it wanted to be a development partner to materialize Bangladesh’s visions of 2021 and 2041.
Although his country started trade relationship with Bangladesh in the textile sector, it has been diversified subsequently, he added, while lauding Bangladesh's development trend.
Lee said his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was very fruitful, and expressed hope that the existing ties would strengthen in future.
In response, President Hamid urged South Korea to increase investment in Bangladesh’s export processing zones.
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Describing South Korea as an important development partner, he said its investment here was gradually increasing.
"There are many similarities between the two countries in terms of development activities,” said Hamid, adding: "South Korea's success in transforming their country into a developed one within a generation inspires us to steer the nation towards a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041."
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, and the president's Secretary Sampad Barua and Military Secretary Maj Gen SM Shamim-Uz-Zaman were, among others, present during the meeting.
The South Korean prime minister arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a three-day official visit.