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Foreign Minister participates in the 17th NAM Ministerial meeting

“Bangladesh and Spain must work together to further energize the current momentum of bilateral relations. There is much that Spain has recently committed to do in Bangladesh, and there is still more we would like to do”, said Mr. Garcia Margallo, Foreign Minister of Spain during a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Mr. A. H. Mahmood Ali, MP here today.

The two Ministers met on the sidelines of the 17th NAM Ministerial Meeting being held in Algiers on 28 – 29 May 2014. Foreign Minister Ali flew in from Tokyo to the Algerian capital yesterday to attend this annual gathering of NAM Foreign Ministers.

The two Ministers agreed to work towards finalizing the bilateral agreements currently under consideration on avoidance of double taxation and cultural cooperation. The Spanish Foreign Minister accepted the invitation from his Bangladesh counterpart to visit at a mutually convenient time soon to sign these agreements.

Foreign Minister Ali also invited Spain to explore contributing to the development of Bangladesh’s rail sector. The two Ministers underscored the need for further diversifying trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The Spanish side confirmed arranging yet another event this year to promote investment opportunities in Bangladesh, under the auspices of Casa Asia.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister had a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey. The two Ministers expressed satisfaction at the ongoing momentum of sub-regional cooperation, and stressed the need for further intensifying these efforts for mutual benefit.

Foreign Minister Ali thanked Nepal for offering to host the next SAARC Summit in November this year. The two Ministers also agreed to further activate the process of Foreign Office consultations to exchange views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations on a periodic basis.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also had a meeting with Mr. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, the Foreign Minister of Fiji. Foreign Minister Ali sought Fiji’s support in further expanding Bangladesh’s relations with the Pacific Island countries to promote issues of common interest. He offered to provide enhanced defence training to Fiji, and invited Fiji to explore the possibility of importing high-quality pharmaceutical products from Bangladesh.

Ms. Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of the UN who represented the UN Secretary General at the NAM Ministerial Meeting also called on the Bangladesh Foreign Minister today. She commended Bangladesh for its contribution to UN peacekeeping and reaffirmed the UN’s sustained cooperation with Bangladesh to advance the country’s sustained development efforts.

Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Mr. A. K. M. Abdul Momen was present with the Foreign Minister during these meetings.

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