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PM: Bangladesh always has Japan on her side

  • Published at 08:00 pm May 29th, 2019
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe during a meeting at his office in Japan on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Focus Bangla

She further said it was always a pleasure for her to visit Japan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh always has Japan on her side as a trusted friend and partner in materialising the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

"In Bangladesh, we are implementing a series of transformational development initiatives to realize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a Sonar Bangla or Golden Bangladesh. In realizing his dream, we have always had Japan on our side as a trusted friend and partner," she said, reports UNB.

The prime minister made the comments while addressing an official dinner hosted by her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the latter's residence in Tokyo.

Regarding the bilateral talks at the Japanese Prime Minister's Office earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina said they were held with deep cordiality, understanding, and mutual respect.

"We have agreed to work together to promote deeper cooperation between our two countries. We have identified a number of new areas for collaboration. I am confident these will provide further impetus to our growing relations. We also witnessed the signing of 40th ODA loan package," she said.

The prime minister said she attended a meeting with CEOs of leading Japanese companies who are doing business in Bangladesh on Wednesday morning, and was greatly encouraged to see their desire to expand collaboration. “This aspiration is also shared by our business leaders.”

She further said it was always a pleasure for her to visit Japan."Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, accompanied by my younger sister and youngest brother, visited Japan in 1973. They carried back fond memories of their visit and the love and affection they received from the people of Japan. Since then, every time I visit Japan, I am reminded of the warm feelings and lasting impression Japan made on my beloved father and young siblings."

Sheikh Hasina also invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife to visit Bangladesh at a time of their convenience.