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FM: Bangladesh expects French President Macron’s visit in September

 

  • Macron likely to visit on September 11
  • Both governments working on the visit
  • Not finalized yet 
Update : 30 Aug 2023, 07:42 PM

Bangladesh is expecting the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in September following his G20 Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10.

Both governments are working on the visit, Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen told reporters while replying to a question on Wednesday.

"They took a step to make the visit following our invitation. We welcome this," Dr Momen said.

It's not finalized yet, he added.

"Our prime minister has invited him long before," he said as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Paris in 2021.

However, officials with the knowledge of the visit indicate that the president would come on September 11.

Prime Minister Hasina will also attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

At the invitation of President Macron, Prime Minister Hasina made an official visit to France in November 2021.

The high-level discussions covered, among other issues, upgrading of bilateral relations, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations which both countries celebrated in 2022 and major international and regional issues.

Both leaders welcomed the growth of their friendship, and highlighted their shared will to develop and deepen all aspects of their partnership through regular political consultations for strategic guidance.

Both countries reiterated their determination to enhance cooperation in all areas, including politics and diplomacy, defence and security, trade and investment, sustainable development and climate change, and education and cultural exchange.

Both countries also recognized the importance of sustained and substantive cooperation in relevant regional and multilateral fora.

Development of defence and security cooperation was also stressed.

Furthermore, they committed to stepping up cooperation in the area of defence equipment based on the needs expressed and each party’s ability to respond to them, including through capacity building and potential technology transfer.

France and Bangladesh share the same vision for a free, open, peaceful, secure and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, based on international law and with shared prosperity for all.

The foreign minister said there were lots of issues to discuss during the visit of President Macron.

Rohingya issue, women empowerment, climate change, trade and investment, and migration are some of the key issues, he said.

"Climate change is a big issue for us. France is a leader in this field. We will request the president to play a role to collect money for the loss and damage fund," he added.

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