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Bangladesh, France keen to build partnership in aviation

UNB . Dhaka
20 Jan 2023 18:12:00 | Update: 20 Jan 2023 19:04:22
Bangladesh, France keen to build partnership in aviation

Bangladesh and France have reasserted their will to build a "key partnership" in aviation, space and aerospace technology.

The countries affirmed their commitment to extend cooperation in political relations, development cooperation, trade and investment, defence cooperation, cooperation in science and technology including ICT and agriculture, cultural cooperation; cooperation in archaeology, diplomatic training in France, an exchange programme between diplomatic training academies and consular cooperation.

Bangladesh and France held the first bilateral political consultations Thursday in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh delegation at the consultations was led by Kazi Russel Pervez, director general (West Europe and European Union) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The French delegation was headed by Bertrand Lortholary, director for Asian Affairs of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

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Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Marie Masdupuy and representatives from different ministries of the Bangladesh government also joined the consultations.

Both sides also shared their views on various regional and international issues, including the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, cybercrime, counter-terrorism and violent extremism.

They had an extensive exchange of views on the war in Ukraine and reaffirmed their paramount attachments to the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Both sides recognised the absolute priority of addressing climate change-related issues in their bilateral cooperation as well as in multilateral fora.

They highlighted the importance of enhancing bilateral trade and exchanging business delegation.

The Bangladesh side invited France to enhance investment in the country, particularly in food and agro-processing, advanced manufacturing, consumer electronics, automotive, leather, and pharmaceuticals.

The two sides discussed the potential for deepening cooperation in research and development, especially in medical and environmental sciences.

They also acknowledged the prospects for strengthening cooperation in aviation security and maritime domain awareness.

The French side assured Bangladesh of appropriate consideration to support its bid for a GSP+ facility beyond 2029 under the EU's new GSP Regulation, in conjunction with EU institutions and member states.

Both Bangladesh and France acknowledged the value of sustained and substantive cooperation in relevant regional and multilateral fora, including the UN, ASEAN Regional Forum, and IORA.

The countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2022, and the launching of the bilateral political consultations will serve as a hallmark of their friendship, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the state visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to France in November 2021 at the invitation of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, both sides highlighted their shared will to develop and deepen all aspects of their partnership through regular political consultations for strategic guidance.

Both sides agreed that the second bilateral political consultations would take place in Paris.