Daily Dhaka Times/BSS : Bangladesh government has done a lot in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism and extremism,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brendeon in Oslo on Saturday during bilateral talks with the visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.
Dhaka and Oslo have vowed to fight together against terrorism and violent extremism as Norway praised the present Bangladesh government’s actions against the global menace.
Bangladesh Ambassador accredited to Norway with residence in Stockholm, Golam Sarwar and Director General (Europe) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Khorshed A. Khastagir, Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Merete Lunddumwere were present during the talks.
Mahmood Ali reached Oslo, as part of his four-country Nordic visit on Saturday and held bilateral official talks with his Norwegian counterpart, according to a message received here late last night.
During the bilateral talks held between the two foreign ministers after almost a decade, the two foreign ministers discussed about “whole range of bilateral as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest”.
When Ali mentioned Bangladesh’s firm stance against terrorism and violent extremism, his Norwegian counterpart highly acclaimed Bangladesh government’s actions against the global menace.
Referring to the terrorist attack at Gulshan cafe and near Sholakia Eidgah in Kishorganj district, the Norwegian foreign minister lauded the government saying that the Bangladesh government has done a lot in two months in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism.
The Bangladesh foreign minister expressed happiness at the growing interest from Norwegian companies to invest more in Bangladesh.
He opined that there exists huge potential for mutually beneficial joint ventures or business opportunities in different emerging/thrust sectors in Bangladesh such as offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding, recycling, ICT, power generation and distribution, renewable energy, blue economy and so on.
Two foreign ministers also discussed how to revitalize the bilateral relations in line with the global transformative 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and emphasized on developing a strategic partnership in that regard to reap the mutually inclusive benefits of this historic global undertaking.
When Foreign Miniter Mahmood Ali invited his Norwegian counterpart to visit Bangladesh, he (Borge Brendeon) accepted the invitation and agreed to visit Bangladesh on February 21, 2017 commemorating the International Mother Language Day.
Apart from holding bilateral talks, Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali also met with the delegation of Telenor, a mobile phone operator with strong global presence and having majority share owned by the Norwegian government.
The Foreign Minister left Norway for Denmark on Sunday for a two-day official visit. He will also visit Iceland on Wednesday and Sweden on Thursday and Friday.
During the visits, he will hold bilateral official talks with respective foreign ministers with a view to revitalize our bilateral cooperation including exploring new areas of cooperation, the message added. Source : BSS