ACD endorses BD proposal to be included in working groups on connectivity, energy

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 11 Oct 2016, 21:48:27

ACD endorses BD proposal to be included in working groups on connectivity, energy

FE Report

The 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) has endorsed Bangladesh's proposal to be a co-prime mover in the working groups on connectivity, food, water, and energy security under the ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030.

Bangladesh also proposed to host the first ACD working group meeting on connectivity in Dhaka.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the proposals at a two-day dialogue in Bangkok concluded Monday, according to a message received here Tuesday.

"It has been a foreign policy aspiration of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to work closely with all our Asian neighbours to realise the vision of a prosperous, peaceful and seamlessly connected Asian continent," he told the concluding session.

The ACD was attended by the head of states and governments, and foreign ministers of 34 member countries.

Besides physical connectivity, Mr Shahriar, who led Bangladesh delegation to the summit, also called for connectivity of peoples, cultures and ideas, and of trade, investment, technology, enterprises and labour forces to secure an inclusive growth and sustainable development in Asia.

He expressed strong support for the science, technology and innovation pillar of the ACD Vision and said Bangladesh would remain engaged to host working group meetings in future.

The Amir of Kuwait, Sultan of Brunei, President of Iran, President of Sri Lanka, Prime Ministers of Bahrain, Bhutan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Vice President of Myanmar, Deputy PM of Qatar, Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Oman, and other ACD countries were present.

Earlier, Mr Shahriar held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Russia and Japan.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Ig Murglov reaffirmed the historic friendship between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh since 1971 and said that Russia looks forward to long-lasting cooperation with Bangladesh, particularly on the Ruppur nuclear power plant.

The plant is Russia's largest energy project in South Asia.

They also discussed about a return visit by President Vladimir Putin in Dhaka, meeting between the two Prime Ministers during the upcoming BIMSTEC-BRICS Summit in Goa, India and strategic and security cooperation between the two countries.

During his meeting with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kiyoshi Odawara, the State Minister apprised him of the stringent security measures being taken by Bangladesh to ensure the safety of Bangladesh's tested friends such as the Japanese people as well as all foreign nationals in Bangladesh.

The Japanese DFM assured that Japan would continue to remain Bangladesh's strong development partner and informed that a Japanese delegation would soon visit Bangladesh.
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