Australian FM lauds Bangladesh’s security improvement

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 18:55, Oct 27,2016 | Updated: 19:07, Oct 27,2016


State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Thursday meets Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop on the sidelines of the 16th council of ministers meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association in Bali, Indonesia.—UNB photo


Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has appreciated the measures taken by the government of Bangladesh to improve the security situation and mentioned that her government was also following on it.

She made the observation during a meeting with state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on the sidelines of the 16th council of ministers meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association held in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday.

The state minister apprised the Australian foreign minister that the Bangladesh government is doing everything to secure the country, its economy and its guests from acts of terror.

He hoped that the Australian government would remove soon the air-cargo restrictions in full, the foreign ministry said. 

Shahriar thanked the Australian government for adjusting their air-cargo restrictions and adhering to uniform mileposts for aviation security. 

On the sidelines of the IORA council, Shahriar held a meeting with the South African deputy minister of international relations and cooperation Nomaindiya Mfeketo. 

He also requested his counterpart to actively consider the opening up of South African resident diplomatic mission in Dhaka the soonest to facilitate enhanced people-to-people exchange as well as exchanges between potential businesses between the two countries. 

Both the leaders agreed on further strengthening and consolidating the ties between the two countries in diverse fields.

The state minister also held a bilateral meeting with minister of state of the United Arab Emirates Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, who lead the UAE delegation to the COM. 

During the meetings, the state minister was accompanied by rear admiral Md Khurshed Alam, secretary of the maritime affairs unit of the ministry of foreign affairs.

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