Update July 7, 2019

Dhaka 8-39 pm, 15-August, 2020

KL seeks stronger ties with Dhaka

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh and Malaysia will discuss wide-ranging bilateral, regional and international issues this evening (Sunday) with much focus on Rohingya issue as Bangladesh is seeking global efforts to resolve the crisis peacefully, reports UNB.

Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen at the state guesthouse Padma at 7:30pm to discuss the issues of mutual interest, said an official at the foreign ministry in Dhaka.

Issues related to trade, investment and manpower export are likely to be discussed in the meeting, he said.

The Malaysian foreign minister, who is now on his first trip to Bangladesh since assuming the post last year, will visit the Malaysian field hospital and several Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district during his three-day visit.

Malaysian foreign ministry in a statement said the visit will provide an opportunity to strengthen the existing warm and friendly relations between the two countries.

It will also further boost the bilateral cooperation as well as to reaffirm Malaysia’s continued support to the government of Bangladesh in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees, the statement reads.

Bangladesh and Malaysia have substantial trade and investment ties. The bilateral trade was valued at US$2.37 billion in 2018, a significant increase of 35.4 per cent from US$1.75 billion in 2017.

From January to April 2019, according to Malaysian news agency Bernama, trade increased by 2.7 per cent to US$793.1 million compared to US$771.5 million in the corresponding period in 2018.

Bangladesh is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner among South Asian countries.

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