China Vice Foreign Minister calls on Foreign Minister Dr Momen 

Dhaka Correspondent:

The Vice Foreign Minister of China Mr. Sun Weidong highly lauded the remarkable socio-economic transformation of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Mr. Weidung made these observations during a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen at the Foreign Service Academy today.

Dr. Momen highly appreciated the substantial contributions made by China towards the developmental journey of Bangladesh. He profusely admired the excellent bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and expressed optimism that the constructive and collaborative relations would be further strengthened in the days ahead. Dr. Momen congratulated the Chinese Vice Minister for the successful holding of the bilateral consultations on 27 May 2023 in Dhaka.

Noting the deep cultural, historical and civilization links between the two countries, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen mentioned about the visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to China in the 1950s and the book he wrote titled,  The New China as I Saw.

Sharing his admiration for the magnificent Padma Multipurpose Bridge, the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister mentioned that the structure stands out as a new symbol of the friendship between Bangladesh and China and observed that the two countries could achieve miracles through greater and better synergies. Dr. Momen invited and encouraged larger flow of Chinese FDI into Bangladesh for mutual benefit of both the countries.

Dr. Momen recalled with profound appreciation the assistance that China offered during the Covid-19 pandemic and mentioned his brief meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister in Dhaka in January this year. While discussing the facility of DFQF access to 98% Bangladeshi products to China, he hoped that all necessary measures would be taken so that Bangladesh could get optimum benefit out of this arrangement. He also stressed on an expedited implementation of the projects agreed during the last visit of the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to Bangladesh.

The Chinese Vice Minister praised Bangladesh’s energetic youth population capable of making a significant change in the society and economy. He referred to the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative of the Chinese President Xi Jinping and hoped that Bangladesh reaped the maximum benefits out of this grand scheme.

The two Ministers reviewed the ongoing efforts for repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya people back to their homeland in Myanmar smoothly and on an expeditious basis. Foreign Minister Momen thanked the Chinese Government for making sincere efforts for the safe and quick return of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh. Both of them expressed similar views that the problem needed an urgent solution, because if left unaddressed for any longer, it could potentially evolve as a tangible threat to the regional security and stability.

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