Uzbekistan and Bangladesh urged to establish more business links and undertake joint ventures in the fields of textile, pharmaceutical and agricultural products amongst others.

The 3rd round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Bangladesh and Uzbekistan was held today (11 June 2024) at Tashkent. Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Mr. Bakhromjon Aloyev led their respective sides at the Foreign Office Consultations. Additional Foreign Secretary Shah Ahmed Shafi and Bangladesh Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mohammad Monirul Islam also participated in the FOC as members of the Bangladesh delegation.

The whole spectrum of bilateral cooperation between the two countries was discussed during the Consultations. Both sides particularly emphasized the exchange of high-level political visits for further strengthening bilateral relations.

Both sides urged to establish more business links and undertake joint ventures in the fields of textile, pharmaceutical, and agricultural products amongst others. They emphasized people-to-people contact through tourism and cultural cooperation.

The Foreign Secretary requested Uzbekistan to establish an Uzbek Diplomatic Mission in Dhaka and to establish direct air connectivity between the two countries not only to intensify business and investment engagements but also to bring tangible results in the fields of culture, tourism, and people-to-people contact. Highlighting the historical, cultural, and spiritual ties shared by the people of Bangladesh and Uzbekistan, the Foreign Secretary emphasized the broadening of the horizon of cooperation, accommodating new areas, such as education, employment, and capacity building.

The First Deputy Minister of Uzbekistan expressed his readiness to work together on the issues raised by the Foreign Secretary  to inject new momentum into the bilateral cooperation. He conveyed his government’s determination and commitment to fostering deeper and outcome-oriented collaborations with Bangladesh. He appreciated Bangladesh’s active involvement on the international stage on issues of global and regional significance. Both sides shared their perspectives on the situation in Myanmar, the Russia-Ukraine war, and the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The Foreign Secretary  also paid a courtesy call to the Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan. During the call, he handed over a letter from the  Foreign Minister of Bangladesh addressed to the Uzbek Foreign Minister inviting him to visit Bangladesh. The  Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan also stressed the importance of the exchange of high-level visits between the countries.

Following the Foreign Office Consultations, a MoU between the Foreign Service Academy of Bangladesh and the Diplomatic Academy of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Uzbekistan was signed.

Both sides have agreed to hold the next round of Foreign Office Consultations will take place in Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time


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