Moscow: 21 May 2010

Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov expressed his keenness to intensify cooperation with Bangaldesh in wide-ranging fields and forge ties to the closest level possible and to work hand in hand. He expressed this keenness during an official meeting between the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

 

Bangladesh Foreign Minister recalled with fondness the enormous contributions made by the former USSR to the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 as well as to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war ravaged country. She emphasized on the foundation of close bilateral relations laid-down by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and conveyed the intension of her daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to renew that close-ties and revive that "natural" relationship through cooperation in all conceivable areas for mutual interests.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed on taking concrete steps and initiatives for enhancement of trade, promotion of Russian investment, collaboration on food security and agricultural development, strengthening cultural ties through exchange programmes. They also discussed the ways and means of enhancing bilateral trade and investments and removing barriers to trade. The two Ministers concurred on intensifying traditional cooperation in the areas of education and defense between the two friendly countries. Bangladesh Foreign Minister made special request for a permanent property for Bangladesh Mission in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister expressed his Government's full support for establishing Nuclear Power Plants in Bangladesh. Both the Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction over the sighing of the "Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes". Architect Yeafesh Osman, State Minister for Science and ICT signed the Agreement on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, while Mr. Sergey Kirienko, Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation 'Rosatom' signed the deal on behalf of the Russian Government. Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, MP witnessed the signing ceremony. Both the Countries agreed to work jointly on further steps for the Nuclear Power Plants and speed up necessary actions.

Russia expressed its willingness to support Bangladesh in enhancing power-generation through modernization and rehabilitation of Russian built conventional power plants along with the technology of combined cycle generation and developing new unites of production to meet growing power deficit in Bangladesh. The two Foreign Ministers emphasized on working together in oil and gas exploration and development of the sector for which delegations of Russian State Company "Gazprom" will visit Bangladesh for assessment and conclusion of an MOU.

They also agreed to work together in the area of counter-terrorism and to develop a joint-working group for that purpose.

Russian Foreign Minister expressed that the Russian leadership was looking forward to receiving the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in Russia. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to finalize necessary preparations for the visit.

Dr. S. M. Saiful Hoque, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Russian Federation and AFM Gousal Azam Sarker, Director-General (Europe and EU) were present in the Meeting.

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