Russian ambassador in Dhaka Alexander Ignatov has said they are looking forward to working closely with Bangladesh for the sake of progress and stability.
‘I’m convinced that in the years ahead our countries will open up new horizons of cooperation and warm relations between Russia and Bangladesh will become ever stronger,’ he said.
The Russian ambassador made the remark in a message marking the Russia Day - the national day of the Russian Federation.
‘I believe further development of trade and economic ties between Bangladesh and Russia will both contribute to economic welfare of Bangladesh and make a positive impact on Russian economy,’ said the Russian envoy.
Today, Ignatov said, the world is facing a number of serious challenges, among which the terrorist threat is the most pressing one. ‘We strongly believe a reliable solution to the problems of the modern world can only be achieved through untiring cooperation among all states.’
He said the Russia Day is a cause for celebrations not only for the citizens of Russia but also for all those who love Russia, its rich culture, exquisite art, and the way of life.
Ignatov said it is inspiring to see the progress of Bangladesh in social and economic spheres. ‘It has achieved impressive growth rates, reduced poverty level and now has a real prospect of becoming a middle-income country in the foreseeable future.’
The ambassador said Russia is open to partnership and cooperation, and the core of the Russian foreign policy is the aspiration for global peace and equality.
He mentioned that Russia had stood beside Bangladeshi people during the Liberation War of 1971 and was among the first countries to recognise Bangladesh as an independent state.
‘We’re proud to acknowledge that our countries have been united by strong ties of friendship based on mutual respect and trust,’ he said this year Russia and Bangladesh celebrate the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.
Ignatov said the economic collaboration between the two countries is on the rise. ‘Till the end of 2016, we had a record-high trade turnover for two years in a row, which exceeded $1.4 billion.’
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