Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bangladesh wins Malaysia backing for its SEACO initiative

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2019-04-23 00:09:18 BdST

Bangladesh has won the support of Malaysia to go ahead with its planned South and South-East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) initiative which will be launched in Dhaka in June.

The foreign ministry said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, who is leading a four-member delegation to Kuala Lumpur, got the support when he met Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

He also met World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Chairman and former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Musa Hitam on Monday and got his support for the initiative.

SEACO is a private sector and track-II level forum of five OIC countries in the region - Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Maldives - with an objective of advancing regional economic integration.

The forum in the emergence is going to function in the model of the WIEF exclusively with the agenda of economic cooperation among the member countries and their neighborhoods.

“Bangladesh has taken the initiative and ready to host SEACO’s launching conference in Dhaka towards the end of June 2019 with expected participation of the Foreign Ministers along with the public and private stakeholders,” the foreign ministry said.

The state minister in his meeting with the Malaysian foreign minister reviewed bilateral relations.

Minister Abdullah said Bangladesh would remain “an important source of workers” for Malaysia.