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Bangladesh-Turkey Foreign Office Consultations held in Ankara

 The 3rd round of Bangladesh-Turkey Foreign Office Consultations was held in Ankara today. The Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque and Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Sedat Önal led their respective delegations in the political consultations. Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki and representatives of relevant Ministries and officials from Bangladesh Embassy in Ankara took part at the meeting.

In the Consultations, both sides expressed their satisfaction over the current status of Bangladesh-Turkey bilateral relations, focused attention on the exchange of high level visits, and reiterated their mutual desire and commitment to further strengthen the existing cordial relations and all-round bilateral cooperation.

Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as political issues, culture, bilateral trade, investment, education, agriculture etc. It was agreed that Bust of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be placed at the head of a boulevard named after him in Ankara soon.

The Turkish side will take a similar step as regards placement of a bust of Ataturk in Dhaka. The two sidesexplored in detail ways and means to enhance economic transactions between the two sides. The upcoming Joint Economic Commission meeting scheduled in Ankara in November 2019 came up for discussion in light of the interest of the two sides to ensure greater volume of economic transaction.

Turkish cooperation towards the Rohingya people also received special attention in the talks. The Foreign Secretary thanked the Turkish government for their moral and materialsupport to the displaced Rohingyas. The two countries agreed to continue cooperation in the international global forums to pave the way for early & safe return of the Rohingyas.

It was also agreed to expedite the finalization of pending bilateral agreements currently under negotiation between the two countries.

Next Foreign Office Consultations will take place in Dhaka in 2020.

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