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Foreign Minister calls on ASEAN Secretary General in Jakarta

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 19th July, 2022 05:58:27 PM
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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, who is currently on a two-day visit to Indonesia, has called on Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on Monday (July 18).

Welcoming Bangladesh’s initiatives for more institutional engagements with ASEAN, Secretary General assured Foreign Minister of his support and necessary coordination with the member states, particularly vis-a-vis Bangladesh’s candidacy for ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partnership status.

Apprising Secretary General of the various sectoral initiatives undertaken by Bangladesh, Foreign Minister requested him to expedite a decision in the upcoming meeting of the ASEAN, said the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday (July 19).

Momen shared the concerns of Bangladesh on the inordinate delay with regard to the repatriation of the stranded Myanmar citizens temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh. He sought a proactive support of ASEAN for kick-starting the repatriation without any further delay.

Giving a brief overview of Bangladesh-ASEAN economic cooperation, Foreign Minister urged for a more expanded economic collaboration between Bangladesh & the South East Asian region. Foreign Minister extended an invitation to the ASEAN Secretary General for a visit to Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.