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Bangladesh seeks Indonesia’s support to be ASEAN SDP

Bangladesh seeks Indonesia’s support to be ASEAN SDP
Outgoing Ambassador of Indonesia to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno calls on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in the capital on Tuesday. —SUN PHOTO
  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 18 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh sought Indonesia’s support towards Bangladesh’s bid to become a Sectoral Dialogue Partner (SDP) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the call when the outgoing ambassador of Indonesia to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno paid farewell call on him on Tuesday.

Momen said that as a natural bridge between South and South East Asia, Bangladesh is a genuine candidate to become a dialogue partner of the ASEAN. 

The Indonesian ambassador agreed that Bangladesh has attained miraculous economic progress.

Terming Indonesia as an important partner of Bangladesh in the South East Asian region, the Foreign Minister suggested that the multi-faceted relations could be expanded if more people to people contacts take place and barriers in trade and investment are removed.

He requested Indonesia to ease the registration process for Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products in Indonesia. He noted that world class life saving drugs are available in Bangladesh at a much cheaper price than in many advanced countries. 

Foreign Minister thanked Indonesia for the humanitarian support extended to the Rohingyas and sought political support from Indonesia on the repatriation issue.

He requested Indonesia to remain pro-active in the ASEAN platform to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Momen suggested that an ASEAN led observer team may be deployed in the Rakhine State to oversee the repatriation process. 

Earlier on Monday, the Indonesian envoy also called on the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam.