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Bangladesh, UK to chart post-Brexit strategic vision

  • Published at 05:45 pm August 31st, 2021
Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen  Dhaka Global Dialogue
File photo: Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen speaks at the concluding session of the three-day Dhaka Global Dialogue on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 PID

Rohingya return, regional security and climate will also feature in talks between Foreign Minister Momen and his British counterpart in London on Thursday

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab are scheduled to hold their official meeting in London on Thursday to chart a post-Brexit post-Covid new strategic partnership vision, marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh-UK diplomatic relations.

"The official bilateral talks will be a historic occasion as the Bangladesh and UK foreign ministers will be meeting in London for the first time during the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two friendly countries,” said Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem.

"The visit is also highly significant as it would provide an opportunity to set the tone for Bangladesh CVF Presidency’s high-level participation in the upcoming COP26 scheduled in Glasgow in early November under UK’s Presidency," she said.

The return of the Rohingyas back to Myanmar and regional security will also feature in the discussions.

The foreign minister will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral issues with the UK foreign secretary from post-Brexit trade relations, Bangladesh-UK new economic partnership vision to post-covid vaccine cooperation and lifting Bangladesh out of UK’s travel red list.

Bangladeshi-British diaspora and work opportunities of skilled professionals from Bangladesh would also in the talks.

Prior to the bilateral talks with the UK Foreign Minister, Dr Momen will also have a bilateral meeting with COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma at 9 Downing Street to discuss the COP26 agenda for Bangladesh with a particular focus on loss and damage and the proposed CVF-COP26 Leaders’ Summit under Bangladesh Presidency.

Apart from the official meetings, the foreign minister will deliver a climate talk on ‘Forging a CVF-COP26 Climate Solidarity’ at the UK's leading think tank Chatham House, organized jointly by Bangladesh High Commission and Chatham House. The event will also be attended by Maldives Speaker and former President and CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Mohamed Nasheed along with a number of CVF ambassadors and high commissioners and climate experts.

The minister will deliver a keynote speech on ‘Bangladesh-UK at 50: Towards a post-Brexit, post-Covid Economic Vision’ at a high-profile business dialogue with British and British-Bangladesh chambers, including three mainstream chambers -- British Chambers of Commerce, London Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

The Bangladesh high commission in collaboration with British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BBCCI) is organising the event.

Dr Momen will also take part in a number of events.

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