Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh side to the dialogue
Against the backdrop of the chaotic Brexit situation, the third strategic dialogue between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom will begin in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Given the disarray regarding Brexit in the UK, Bangladesh will want to know as to how it can be impacted, especially in terms of trade and commerce, if the UK gets out of the 28-member European Union with a deal or without a deal, according to diplomatic sources. Dhaka expects that during the dialogue, the UK side will explain the matter satisfactorily, they said.
When the people of Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 23, it was believed that the Brexit would not affect Bangladesh to a significant extent, said the sources.
But, recently, with the increased possibility of a Brexit without any deal, Bangladesh started to worry as if things go badly in the UK due to a no deal or a ‘bad deal’, it all but certain to affect the country.
During the dialogue, the sources said that the issues related to cooperation in counter-terrorism may be highlighted as it is taking place couple of days after a series of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh side to the dialogue while the British side will be headed by Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald.
The two-day dialogue is expected to discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, along with other regional and multilateral issues including Rohingya, countering terrorism and violent extremism, growing focus on trade and more issues.