Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for further strengthening the cooperation between Bangladesh and Malaysia in various fields, including the socioeconomic and power sectors.
The Prime Minister came up with the view when newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Nur Ashikin Binti Mohd Taib met her at her Jatiya Sangsad office here in the morning.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina also underscored the need for boosting trade and business ties with South East Asian nations alongside enhancing connectivity.
Mentioning Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement and setting up of Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor, she said, “ Those initiatives will open up a new horizon in the field of connectivity with the Southeast Asian nations alongside neighbours,” she said.
Reiterating her government’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism and militancy, Sheikh Hasina reiterated that no one will be allowed to use Bangladesh’s soil for terrorist acts against any country.
Pointing out the power, health and education sectors’ cooperation between the two countries, she said a coal-based power plant is being set up at Moheshkhali with Malaysian cooperation.
The Prime Minister mentioned that a huge number of Bangladeshi students are studying at public and private sector institutions in Malaysia strengthening people-to-people contact between the two countries.
Hasina said Sheikh Fazilatunnesa KPJ Memorial Specialised Hospital has been established with Malaysian support on the outskirts of capital Dhaka to provide better healthcare services to people at low cost as her government has been striving to reach the healthcare services to the people’s doorsteps.
The Prime Minister recalled the visit of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Malaysia in 1973 and said the tour has laid the foundation of excellent relations that still exists between two brotherly nations.
The new Malaysian high commissioner said she would work to further consolidate bilateral ties and cooperation between Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Ashikin said there are many areas of cooperation between the two countries, including public administration, training and agriculture.
Prime Minister’s Office Secretary Suraiya Begum was present at the meeting.