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Bangladesh-Indonesia bilateral meeting held

Bangladesh-Indonesia bilateral meeting held

Dhaka, 19 July 2022: Bangladesh-Indonesia bilateral meeting was held in Jakarta yesterday. Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Retno L P Marsudi led the respective delegation in the discussions. They exchanged felicitations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Both countries agreed to accelerate cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, agriculture, food, energy, health & pharmaceuticals, connectivity ICT, tourism, halal trade, human resources development, defence, youth & cultural exchanges, etc. They expressed optimism that the MoUs in the pipeline would be concluded soon. They stressed on concluding the bilateral PTA for further strengthening the economic cooperation.


Dr. Momen sought a proactive support of Indonesia and of the ASEAN for an early repatriation of the stranded Myanmar nationals from Bangladesh to Myanmar. He also requested for an expeditious decision on Bangladesh’s candidacy for the Sectoral Dialogue Partnership of ASEAN.


After the official talks, the two Foreign Ministers made brief press statements. Finally, the official logo for the Golden Jubilee celebrations & the translation of the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Indonesian language were also unveiled by the two Foreign Ministers.


Dr. Momen met Indonesian Minister of Trade


Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen met the Indonesian Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan in Jakarta yesterday. The two Ministers reviewed the trade relations between the two countries and agreed to expedite the conclusion of the bilateral PTA in this year of Golden Jubilee of Diplomatic Relations. Dr. Momen requested the Indonesian side to consider favourably Bangladesh’s request for inclusion of RMG items in the PTA in order to address the yawning trade gap. Dr. Momen invited the Indonesian Trade Minister to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time this year.


In the evening, Dr. Momen addressed a gathering of Indonesian business persons and investors urging them to invest in Bangladesh availing the opportunities prevailing in the fast developing country. He also unveiled a commercial stamp issued by Bangladesh Embassy in Jakarta in celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.