First round of political consultation between Bangladesh and Sweden was held in Dhaka on Monday with a pledge to work together to upgrade cooperation to a broader relationship in the coming days.
The political consultation took place at State Guest House Padma where Secretary (Bilateral & Consular) Kamrul Ahsan led the Bangladesh side while Swedish side was headed by Head of the Department for Asia and the Pacific in Swedish Foreign Office Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin.The Foreign Ministers of the two countries signed an MoU in Stockholm in September 2016 for holding of regular consultations between the two Foreign Offices.
Bilateral trade and investment figured prominently in the discussion in view of Bangladesh’s scheduled graduation from LDCs in 2024 and Sweden’s genuine interest in having robust economic relations with Bangladesh, said a foreign ministry press release.
Swedish side appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous socio-economic development over the past one decade under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and outlined Sweden’s future strategy of development cooperation with Bangladesh.
Among other issues, Sweden’s Global Deal initiative, SDGs implementation, Climate Change, good governance and human rights, migration including Global Compact for Migration (GCM), peacekeeping and peace building, countering terrorism and violent extremism, regional issues of mutual interest and UN reform formed the discussion.