Bangladesh, Turkey to cement ties

Erdogan agrees to visit Bangladesh next yr

Diplomatic Correspondent

17 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh, Turkey to cement ties

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on Wednesday. —SUN PHOTO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is the current chair of Developing-8, has given his consent to visit Bangladesh early next year to attend the Summit of the seven-nation grouping scheduled to be held in Dhaka.

President Erdogan confirmed this when visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called on him in Ankara on Wednesday when they agreed to take Dhaka-Ankara relations at new heights.

Bangladesh will take over as the next Chair of the D-8 through Dhaka Summit that was supposed to be held in May this year but delayed due to the pandemic.

During the meeting, the Turkish President laid emphasis on further expanding the D-8 grouping by including more states with the body. The D-8, Organization for Economic Cooperation, is comprised of eight countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

President Erdogan, according to a Foreign Ministry press release, has given importance on enhancing bilateral trade and called for taking fresh initiatives to exchange trade delegations between the two countries and participation of each other’s trade fairs and exhibitions in the coming days.

The Turkish President made several specific proposals to enhance bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Turkey, including removal of existing tariff barriers as well as investment in textile and pharmaceutical sectors. He also stressed the need for inclusion of more new items in the current trade list.

President Erdogan called for ensuring participation of both countries’ representatives and products in trade fairs of Bangladesh and Turkey.

He also asked the Bangladesh government to allocate necessary land for setting up a most modern hospital in Bangladesh with Turkish financial assistance.

Erdogan highly praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for providing shelter for hundreds of thousands forcibly displaced Rohingya population in Bangladesh and promised to stay with Bangladesh in all bilateral and multilateral forums to address the Rohingya problems.

He also assured Bangladesh of sending more medical supplies and necessary support in response to Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

The Turkish President further said that he would pay visit to Bangladesh immediately after the Covid-19 situation improved to inaugurate the newly constructed Turkish Embassy in Dhaka.

President Erdogan expressed his satisfaction for regular holding Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Dhaka and Ankara and agreed to form a forum between the two countries for regular holding of high-level meetings.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was also present at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Momen, who is leading a Bangladesh delegation, went to Turkey to attend inauguration of the newly constructed Bangladesh Chancery Complex in Ankara on September 14. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated the complex virtually.