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Russian ruling party leader seeks enhanced engagement with AL

Moscow, May 31, 2017 (BSS) - A senior Russian ruling party leader and lawmaker has sought enhanced engagement between United Russia Party and Bangladesh Awami League to expand further bilateral cooperation as a delegation of parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs held talks with him.

Bangladesh embassy in Moscow in a statement today said the delegation led by chairperson of the standing committee Dr Dipu Moni held talks late yesterday with Russian ruling party's Deputy Secretary of the General Council on International Affairs and Duma member Sergei Zheleznyak.

Zheleznyak, it said, told the Bangladesh delegation that United Russia Party actively pursues the foreign affairs agenda with Russian government and in this endeavor their party aims to expand relationships with the parties of other friendly countries.

"He (Zheleznyak) underscored the necessity on concluding a Cooperation Agreement between Awami League and the United Russia Party which would provide the lawmakers a platform for working jointly on bilateral political issues," the statement said.

Moni, it said, Awami League would actively considering the proposed agreement to be concluded within the shortest possible time and invited Zheleznyak visit Dhaka for signing the deal once it gets Awami League Central Working Committee's final approval.

The Bangladesh delegation expressed gratitude to Moscow for its role in 1971 for Bangladesh's independence and post-independence rehabilitation efforts and sought Russia's support in Dhaka's campaign to obtain global recognition of 1971 Genocide in Bangladesh declaring March 25 as the Genocide Day.

She informed that Bangladesh Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 25 March as 'Genocide Day' in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army during the nine months in 1971 which started on that day.

"Zheleznyak affirmed to take up the matter both with the State Duma and the United Russia Party. He proposed to hold an exhibition on the Genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 at the premises of the State Duma early next year," the statement said.

The meeting came as the delegation with lawmakers Faruk Khan, Suhrabuddin, Selimuddin, Razee Mohammad Fakhrul and Mahjabeen Khaled and Bangladesh ambassador in Moscow Dr. Saiful Hoque being its other members wrapped up its three-day Russia tour.

Zheleznyak happily shared his experience of attending the 20th Council of the Awami League held last year in Dhaka and emphasized on exchange of young politicians including doctors, engineers and other professionals through the cooperation of the two biggest parties of Bangladesh and the Russian Federation.

Later, the delegation held a meeting with the senior faculties of the Institute of Oriental Studies where the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Oriental Studies Professor Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, Head of International Department Professor Dr. Valerie Shaheyev and heads of other departments with some young researchers were present.

They shared few ongoing studies conducted on South Asia particularly on the water sharing between India and Bangladesh and German Cooperation in Bangladesh and spoke highly on Bangladesh's cultural heritage and tradition of interfaith harmony.

Moni briefed them the steps taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in curbing terrorism and religious extremism and also on her worldwide recognition for building peace and stability in the region.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)