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Envoy: France eyeing new areas of cooperation with Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:24 pm July 13th, 2019
French Envoy
Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited France in December 2017, and had substantial discussions with President Emmanuel Macron

French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin has said they will keep looking for new areas of cooperation, and ways to further strengthen their relationship with Bangladesh.

"There is a lot more that Bangladesh and France, by itself or with its partners of the EU, can do together for the benefit of our people," she said in a message marking the French National Day on Saturday, reports UNB.

Despite all difficulties, the ambassador said, they continue to promote joint efforts to find a lasting solution, with support from the UN secretary general, and all UN agencies.

She said their efforts will be based on the international norms of accountability and justice; and on the rights for the Rohingyas who wish to return to Myanmar, to do so under dignified, safe, and sustainable conditions.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited France in December 2017 and had substantial discussions with President Emmanuel Macron.

The French president expressed his gratitude for the generous hosting, and protection granted by the people of Bangladesh to Rohingyas, who were violently forced to flee their country since August 2017.

The President recalled France's determination at mobilizing the Security Council, in response to what he has described since September 2017 as "ethnic cleansing."

The French envoy said their relationship with Bangladesh has many aspects -- political, economic, and cultural.

Ever since the Liberation War, in 1971, when the great French intellectual André Malraux called for international support to the fight led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the friendship ties between the two countries have grown stronger, and denser, she said.

The French Embassy in Dhaka celebrated the French National Day, also known as Bastille Day, on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen attended the reception hosted by the Ambassador of France as the chief guest.

Diplomats, political leaders, civil society representatives, educationists, journalists, noted artists, and fashion designers, among others, attended the reception held at the premises of Franco-German Embassy Residence De France in Gulshan.

France Ambassador in Dhaka Marie-Annick Bourdin spoke at the celebration wishing a stronger friendship between Bangladesh, and France in the coming days.