Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Moscow, April 2, 2018

Monday, 02 April 2018 10:15

Mr. Minister,

Friends,

We are pleased to be holding this regular ministerial meeting. Over a period of the past two years, you and I have met four times, and this reflects the positive trends in all aspects of our relations.

Back in 1971, the Soviet Union became one of the first countries to recognise the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Since then, our ties have always hinged on the principles of mutual respect and equality.

We intensively expand our bilateral relations on a par with ties between governments, ministries and agencies. In 2017, both countries exchanged parliamentary delegations, and Chief Justice of the Russian Supreme Court Vyacheslav Lebedev also visited Dhaka.

In 2017, bilateral trade volume soared by over 14 percent and reached $1.6 billion. Gazprom operates successfully in your country. We are jointly building the first nuclear power station in Bangladesh. The actively expanding military-technical cooperation has good prospects.

I hope that you and I will review all aspects of bilateral relations today, as well as our cooperation on the international arena, where Russia and Bangladesh voice similar and mostly identical positions.

Once again welcome!

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