State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, called on the President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih today in Male on the sidelines of the 4th Indian Ocean Conference. At the outset, the State Minister conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to President Solih. During their meeting, cooperation on ocean and maritime issues was discussed and both sides stressed on the need for sustainable harnessing of oceanic resources. The need for exchanging of intelligence for combating terrorism was also discussed. The Maldivian President sought greater support from Bangladesh in the area of medical education for prospective students from Maldives.
The State Minister is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the 4th Indian Ocean Conference being organised by India Foundation in association with the Government of Maldives and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore from 03-04 September 2019. He is also a member of the IOC Organising Committee. The theme of IOC 2019 is “Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges”.