Dhaka, Paris agree to boost economic ties

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MNA Business Desk: Dhaka and Paris agreed to form a joint commission to explore the opportunities of cooperation in the fields of trade and economy.

The decision was taken in the bilateral meeting between French president Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Elysee Palace in Paris.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque said the two leaders in a very cordial and warm atmosphere discussed the bilateral and global issues of mutual interests.

“Five issues were discussed in the meeting including the most important one of climate change as the prime minister arrived in France to join a climate related event,” the foreign secretary said.

The Rohingya issues as well as Bangladesh’s constant stride in combating terrorism also came up in the discussion of the two leaders, reported news agency.

Sheikh Hasina recalled the support of the French government and people in Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, particularly the role of French novelist Andre Malraux in support of Bangladesh’s freedom.

The PM invited the France president to visit Bangladesh at his convenient time. The president accepted the invitation and hoped to visit at the beginning of the next year during.

Sheikh Hasina arrived in Paris on Monday to attend the ‘One Planet Summit’, an alliance of global leaders from all sectors for accelerating the collective actions against climate change.