Bangladesh and Canada agreed to work on “elevating the relations to the next level” at the fifth Foreign Office Consultations held on Friday at the Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen led the Bangladesh delegation while the Canadian delegation was led by Weldon Epp, assistant deputy minister, Asia Pacific, Global Affairs Canada.
A wide range of issues including political relations, economic cooperation, trade and investment, technical assistance, movement of people, response to the Rohingya crisis, and global and regional issues were covered in the consultations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen applauded the strong partnership between Bangladesh and Canada that is built on shared values and mutual cooperation. Assistant Deputy Minister Weldon Epp commended the tremendous economic growth that has taken place in Bangladesh.
He also appreciated Bangladesh for generously hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and reaffirmed their continued partnership in responding to the crisis. Highlighting the increased role of trade in bilateral relations, the two sides agreed to devise a mechanism to explore ways and means to diversify and expand trade.
Masud Bin Momen emphasized increasing collaboration in the capacity building of Bangladesh’s service sectors including skill development, trade facilitation, clean tech and energy and agri-food processing sectors.
The Bangladesh side also reiterated its request for the early deportation of Nur Chowdhury, the self-confessed and convicted killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The two sides also discussed various global and regional issues including climate change, peace and security, and transnational crime over a lunch hosted by David Morrison, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada Dr Khalilur Rahman, Director General (North America) Khandker Masudul Alam, and officials of the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present in the meeting.
High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh Dr Lilly Nicholls and senior officials of the Canadian government participated in the bilateral consultations.
Source: Dhaka Tribune