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EU, Bangladesh agree to boost cooperation

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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EU, Bangladesh agree to boost cooperation

The European Union and Bangladesh agreed to step up cooperation on climate action, digitalisation, connectivity and security, taking into account the EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

In this regard, both sides discussed initiating a regular political dialogue for providing strategic guidance and intensifying foreign and security policy cooperation.

The EU has also commended Bangladesh’s leadership of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the V20 Climate Vulnerable Finance Summit, reads a joint statement issued following the fourth EU-Bangladesh Diplomatic Consultations held on Tuesday in Brussels.

Bangladesh delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and the EU delegation was led by European External Action Service Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific Gunnar Wiegand.

The Consultations were held against the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Both sides welcomed that EU-Bangladesh relations have deepened over more than four decades and thus aimed at broadening the EU-Bangladesh engagement beyond the current priority areas of trade, migration, human rights, Rohingya humanitarian crisis and development cooperation.

The discussion covered a range of topics and priorities in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation, with the EU signalling, inter alia, interest to support renewable energy, notably regional hydropower generation, and energy connectivity.