Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama would pay an official visit to Bangladesh on 05 February 2015 to attend the first ever Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between the two countries. The whole gamut of Bangladesh-Japan bilateral relations is likely to be discussed during his official meeting with the Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque.
During the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan on 25 – 28 May 2014 and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Bangladesh on 6-7 September 2014, both Prime Ministers agreed to hold regular Foreign Office Consultations on bilateral relations and other issues at the Foreign Secretary level.
As agreed upon, the Foreign Office Consultations would take place regularly in future. Indeed it is an important component of the “Comprehensive Partnership” established between two countries during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Japan in May 2014.
During the visit, Deputy Foreign Minister Sugiyama is expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs Dr. Gowher Rizvi and Senior Secretary of Prime Minister’s Office Md. Abul Kalam Azad.