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Boris Johnson due in Dhaka on Friday

  • Published at 08:16 pm February 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:46 am February 9th, 2018
Boris Johnson due in Dhaka on Friday
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with special focus on the Rohingya crisis. "You can understand such visit is taking place after long time. We welcome him (Johnson). We have a very close relationship with the UK," Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. After 10 long years, a British foreign secretary will be visiting Bangladesh. Former foreign secretary David Miliband had visited Dhaka in 2008. Boris Johnson will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to see the situation on the ground.
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The foreign minister said the UK has played a very important role in the UN Security Council discussion on the Rohingya issue and strongly supported Bangladesh. "We maintain very deep relations with the British government," Ali said. The British foreign secretary will hold meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Ali during his visit, according to Foreign Ministry officials. Johnson was appointed foreign secretary of the UK on July 13, 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015. Previously he was the MP for Henley from June 2001 to June 2008. The secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.