In this ministerial visit, Mr Sharma met the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and held discussions with the Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP. He had meetings with other Bangladeshi government ministers and political party leaders, including Begum Rowshan Ershad, MP and Begum Khalida Zia. He underlined the UK’s commitment to Bangladesh’s development, to boosting trade with Bangladesh and increasing co-operation, including on security and counter terrorism. He also discussed the Commonwealth and UK-Bangladesh Parliamentary links with Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker and Chairperson Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Mr Sharma also met representatives from civil society groups and minority and faith leaders, and spent time with Chevening and Commonwealth alumni, hearing about their work and how they and the country have benefited from collaboration between the UK and Bangladesh.
In his meetings with business leaders he discussed the opportunities and challenges they face and how the UK and Bangladesh governments could do more to enhance bilateral trade.
The UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Alok Sharma MP, said:
“I am delighted to have visited Bangladesh for the first time and seen firsthand our unique and historic friendship. More than half a million British citizens are of Bangladeshi heritage and make a huge contribution to British life.
“Following my visit, in the year that marks the 45th anniversary of the UK’s recognition of an independent Bangladesh, I want to further strengthen our vital partnership, enhancing bilateral trade and working more closely together on international security.”
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