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Greek FM intends to visit Bangladesh to explore prospects

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)