Canadian High Commissioner concerned over current wave of violence
11 February 2015, Nirapad News: Canadian High Commissioner Benoit-Pierre concerned over the current wave of violence rippling across Bangladesh and said it must be stopped soon.
“We all recognize that this violence must cease,” he told the journalists after a courtesy meeting with Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the foreign ministry on Tuesday. The new Canadian envoy said his discussions with the minister on the bilateral relations were “very constructive, open and transparent”.
Bangladesh is a focus country for Canadian assistance and trade is the key to relations. Laramée referred to the trade relations and said both countries benefited from the partnership. He said Canada would continue to support Bangladesh in the areas of women empowerment, child health and primary education.
The foreign ministry said during the meeting the ambassador appreciated Bangladesh’s capacity to utilize foreign aid “very effectively” and said they were interested to invest more.
He termed Bangladeshi media “vibrant” and appreciated the freedom of speech and freedom of press. The foreign minister explained Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s position on women development and rights. He assured the new envoy of all support during his stay.