Four deals signed to boost cooperation

Diplomatic Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

In a move to take forward the existing bilateral relations to a new height, Bangladesh and the Maldives on Thursday signed four important agreements, demonstrating a pivotal point of progress in the bilateral relationship between the two South Asian republics.

Before the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held a tête-à-tête for some time.

Following the meeting, bilateral talks were also held between the two countries, in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Solih led their respective delegations.

The agreements signed Thursday are mentioned below.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Establishment of the Maldives-Bangladesh Joint Commission on Comprehensive Cooperation. It was signed by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and the Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. The MoU aims to create a joint commission to focus on substantive cooperation in a multitude of settings.

MoU on the Establishment of Bilateral Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) was signed by Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and the Maldivian Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed. The MoU seeks to strengthen the current bilateral relationship and pave the way for comprehensive and productive dialogue.

MoU between the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture of Maldives and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh, on the Establishment of the field of Fisheries and Pelagic Fishing.

It was signed by Bangladeshi Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, SM Rezaul Karim and the Maldivian Minister of Economic Development, Uz Fayyaz Ismail. The deal aims to improve the two countries’ relationship in fisheries and open up a channel for productive dialogue in this area.

The MoU on the Establishment of Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for 2022-2025 was signed by Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Bangladeshi State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid.