The United Kingdom is focusing strong relationship with Bangladesh in the context of the country’s exit from European Union (EU).
“Since the UK is departing from European Union (EU), we are now focusing on building strong relationship with Bangladesh and rest of the world,” said Permanent Under Secretary of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald.“We are no longer focusing on our regional organizations or our neighboring countries. We have more time and resources to look at the rest of the world. Bangladesh is importantly one of those,“ said Simon McDonald.
Simon McDonald made the comments while speaking at a programme on ‘Bangladesh and United Kingdom Relations in the context of UK’s exit from the European Union’.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized the programme held at its auditorium in the city on Wednesday.
Director General of BIISS Major General AKM Abdur Rahman was present at the programme. Addressing the programme, Simon said they are departing from EU and looking for new relationships.
“We will maintain openness of our foreign market with rest of the world,” he said.
Bangladesh is a very good partner of UK in every aspects and it will be strengthened in the coming days, he said.Bangladesh is a country that is now focused for its current economic growth and historic background, he added.
He reiterated that they want to have a good relationship with Bangladesh no matter what happens regarding Brexit.
About the strategic dialogue, Sir Simon said they have touched upon 17 different policy areas during the discussion. Climate change issue is one of the areas.
“Bangladesh is one of the mostly affected countries in the world. Bangladesh and the UK can work closely to face the challenge of the climate change impact, he added.
Sir Simon led a 21-member delegation from London.