Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh wants stronger ties with Nordic countries

Bangladesh wants stronger ties with Nordic countries

Bangladesh wants to further strengthen its ties with Sweden and other Nordic countries as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always attaches great importance to relations with those countries, reports UNB. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said this when outgoing Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell met him at his office on Sunday. The Swedish envoy lauded the decision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join 'The Global Deal Initiative', a social dialogue to ensure safe and decent work environment for the workers. He appreciated the Foreign Minister for successful holding of the 9th GFMD Summit in Dhaka where Swedish Migration Minister led the Swedish delegation. Frisell praised the government's commendable efforts to contain the situation after July 1, 2016 tragedy in Gulshan and ensure the safety of diplomats and foreign nationals in Bangladesh, said the Foreign Ministry here. Foreign Minister Ali shared his past experience and mentioned about the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hard work of the authorities concerned under his direct supervision. Frisell expressed deep gratitude to the Foreign Minister for his continued support during his tenure in Dhaka. The Foreign Minister also praised him for his commendable efforts to create active and dynamic relations between Bangladesh and Sweden. Referring to the visit of the Foreign Minister to Sweden in September 2016 and the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Sweden in June 2017, the Swedish Ambassador mentioned that the relations between the two countries reached a new height. The diplomat expressed gratitude for Bangladesh's support to the Swedish candidature for non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. He wished the Ambassador good health and success in his new assignment. Meanwhile, Sweden on Thursday expressed its interest to work together with Bangladesh in prospective areas, particularly in energy sector. Outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Johan Frisell came up with the offer when he paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office. After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. Welcoming the Swedish offer, the Prime Minister said her government has opened the energy sector to the private sector that has already played a very important role in achieving over 15,000 MW power generation capacity from 1600 MW. She mentioned that the electricity is the key to development while the demand of electricity is growing with the increase in the purchasing power of people. About social welfare, Sheikh Hasina said, the government always puts importance to the interests of workers to help them improve their lifestyle. She recalled her recent visit to Sweden saying it was the first bilateral visit to Sweden by any head of government of Bangladesh. In reply, the envoy said, her visit expanded and strengthened the bilateral ties between Dhaka and Stockholm. Highly appreciating Bangladesh's success in women empowerment, Johan Frisell put emphasis on their greater participation in politics to strike a balance of power that could help develop the country further. He termed the H&M -a Swedish Company as the biggest Readymade Garments (RMG) product buyer. The Ambassador also highly praised the fast economic growth of Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership. Referring to his stay in Dhaka, the outgoing Swedish Ambassador mentioned that he enjoyed his tenure in Bangladesh saying the country is fantastic while people are very polite, active and generous.

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