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Bangladesh, Brazil sign MoU to bring ‘momentum’ in relations

  • Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-03-21 01:35:28 BdST

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Bangladesh and Brazil have held their first ever bilateral consultation on Monday, immediately after signing a MoU in this regard.

The Bangladesh foreign ministry said both sides agreed to sign the MoU to create a platform that would “bring further momentum into the ongoing bilateral relationship between the countries”.

The meeting was held at the State Guest House Meghna.

Both sides stressed the importance of deeper and stronger engagement in the bilateral and multilateral arena.

Both sides identified areas to expand ongoing cooperation as well as tried to find new opportunities for further bilateral engagements.

A wide range of issues encompassing political and economic cooperation, defence cooperation, trade and investment cooperation, scientific and technical cooperation, and also cooperation in sports sector were discussed.

Bangladesh side proposed four MoUs on cooperation in agriculture, tourism, cultural exchange and cooperation between training institutes of the two countries.

“Brazilian side expressed their desire to work together in pursuit of mutual interests,” the foreign ministry said.

Bangladesh side underscored the need for sharing each other’s expertise, experience and best practices in socio-economic, cultural and development sectors.

Interim Under Secretary for Asia and Pacific and Head of the Department of Central, South Asia and Oceania of the Brazil Foreign Ministry Ary Quintella, and Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Wanja Campos Da Nóbrega were present from the Brazil side.

Director General (Americas) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abida Islam led the Bangladesh delegation.

The second Bangladesh-Brazil Bilateral Consultation is expected to be held in Brasilia next year.