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Visiting British peer calls on FM

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03 Apr 2024 16:06:26 | Update: 03 Apr 2024 16:06:38
Visiting British peer calls on FM
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Liberal Democrat working peer and Foreign Affairs front bench spokesperson at the UK's House of Lords, Lord Purvis of Tweed on Tuesday underscored the opportunity of enhancing exports from Bangladesh to the UK, particularly certified safe and organic food from Bangladesh to the UK.

He met Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud at the latter’s office. The foreign minister warmly welcomed the lord of Tweed on his maiden visit to Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Terming the Bangladesh-UK bilateral relations as profound, the Foreign Minister recalled the historic January 8, 1972, visit to London by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his way to independent Bangladesh from the captivity in Pakistan and expressed gratitude to the UK government and people for their unwavering support to Bangladesh’s independence.

He referred to the tremendous socio-economic transformation of Bangladesh over the last fifteen years under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and in this connection, acknowledged the UK’s development assistance and cooperation to Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing nation.

Lord Purvis of Tweed thanked the Foreign Minister for his warm welcome and informed him about his visit to Cox’s Bazar to see VSO operations in Ukhiya and Ramu.

The Minister was also apprised of VSO activities in Bangladesh over the last 50 years with a total of 100,000 volunteers covering areas of inter-alia climate change adaptation, awareness against child marriage, girls’ education advancement, and community health with support from the UK FCDO. 

The Foreign Minister and Lord Purvis shared the contribution of the British-Bangladeshi Diaspora, currently the 3rd largest ethnic Diaspora in the UK, to the economies of both countries.

Lord Purvis also added that he had been advocating a continued scaling up of support from the UK to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis.

Both sides shared views on the war in Gaza and the indiscriminate killing of civilians there and underscored the importance of the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict for a just and lasting solution and enduring peace in the region.