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PM's Japan visit to be delayed: Momen

UNB . Dhaka
24 Nov 2022 20:00:10 | Update: 24 Nov 2022 20:19:47
PM's Japan visit to be delayed: Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen — Courtesy/BSS

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said the planned visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan would be delayed due to a number of reasons, including the political situation in the East Asian country and restricted mobility there due to Covid-19.

"They have invited us. We are observing the situation," he told reporters at a media briefing at a hotel in Dhaka.

Momen also referred to the resignation of three cabinet members of Japan and hinted that Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida might face more questions.

In a separate briefing, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Thursday hinted at the possibility of rescheduling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's planned official visit to Japan.

"The visit will soon take place. We have not made any official announcement regarding the visit," he told reporters, noting that the date will be announced later.

After his meeting with Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Takei Shunsuke, held at InterContinental Dhaka, Shahriar interacted with journalists present there.

He said there are many aspects of diplomacy and changes take place even at the last moment.

"You heard about a date but the visit is not taking place on that date considering the current perspective," he said.

Shahriar said there are some agreements and MoUs which will be signed during prime minister-level talks.

Earlier, Momen told the media that the visit might take place on November 29.

On Wednesday evening, the foreign minister said Japan is ready to receive a Bangladesh delegation led by PM Sheikh Hasina to further deepen the relations between the two countries.

"Bangladesh-Japan relations are very deep. It will further be deepened through the visit," he told reporters.

Momen said Japan is keen to elevate the comprehensive relations to a strategic one.