DHAKA Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias has
expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh soon with a business delegation to
explore trade and investment opportunities here.
He showed this intention responding to his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK
Abdul Momen's invitation to him to visit Dhaka while having a bilateral
meeting between them in Athens on Tuesday, an official release said here
The meeting was held as Bangladesh foreign minister put his last leg in
Greece as a part of his four nations tour in Europe after Germany, France and
Italy, focusing on economic diplomacy.
This was the first ever official bilateral meeting at the foreign
ministers' level between Dhaka and Athens.
During the meeting, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on all
issues of mutual interests, with putting special emphasis on enhanced
economic cooperation by building partnerships in areas like information
technology, shipping, training, education and cultural cooperation.
Momen highlighted the investment opportunities offered by Bangladesh, and
invited investment from Greece.
Greek foreign minister praised Bangladesh government for showing
extraordinary humane attitude while dealing Rohingya crisis and assured of
support as individual state and as a member of the EU in resolving the issue
He also appreciated Bangladesh's leadership role in global migration
discourse while both the sides agreed to further strengthen the mutual
cooperation in the area of migration.
The two leaders also discussed the regional and global issues of mutual
They reiterated their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the UN and
other international organizations on issues like climate change, migration,
and support each other in different international bodies where Bangladesh and
Greece share common views and positions.
On the issue of climate change, Greek minister explained their plan to
host a summit next year to discuss the impact of climate change on cultural
heritage, and sought Bangladesh's support in this regard.
Momen assured him that Bangladesh would stand ready to join any initiative
to address the challenges of climate change.
Bangladesh foreign minister also highlighted the role of Bangladesh in
global peacekeeping and peace building, and the Culture of Peace promoted by
Momen briefed his counterpart on the initiatives of Bangladesh to
celebrate Mujibborsho � the birth centenary of Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and invited the Greek minister to join the
The two foreign ministers signed a MoU on Cooperation in Diplomatic
Training after the bilateral talks.
Another MoU on Cooperation between Faculty of Fine Art, Dhaka University
and Athens School of Fine Arts was also signed at the meeting.
Deputy Minister for Migration Policy Affairs of Greece Giorgios
Koumoutsakos and Bangladesh Ambassador in Athens Jashim Uddin also
participated in the meeting.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)