Dhaka-London ties to grow further: Blake

14 June, 2017 12:00 AM printer

British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake on Tuesday said the relationship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom will continue to grow addressing the common challenges together, reports UNB.

“Our bilateral relations will continue to be strong,” she said while addressing an iftar party, hosted for diplomatic correspondents, at the British High Commission Club.

On the recently held UK elections, she said it has been a challenging week and finally they had a “very lively” election.

Highlighting terrible shocking attacks in the UK and Bangladesh in the past one year, Blake said the two countries will continue to fight these challenges together.

She laid emphasis on the presence of vibrant civil society, freedom of speech and free media that do not come without responsibilities. “I think, we all have an important role to play together to uphold these values.”

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali congratulated Boris Johnson, MP, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom and the Northern Ireland.

In his message issued on Tuesday, minister Ali expressed his belief that the bonds of friendship, understanding and cooperation existing between Bangladesh and the UK, will further be strengthened.

He also said the relations between the two countries will further be consolidated in the years to come for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries during his tenure in the office, according to the Foreign Ministry here.