Boris Johnson due today

Four EP delegations due this week

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:56, Feb 09,2018

 
 

British secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs Boris Johnson is set to arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
Four separate delegations comprising of 17 members of the European Parliament will reach Dhaka this week to check the Rohingya situation on the ground, foreign ministry officials said.
Boris Johnson will hold talks with his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali this afternoon when the two sides are likely to discuss Rohingya issues among other important matters.
The British minister is likely to visit the makeshift camps of forcibly displaced minority Myanmar nationals living in Cox’s Bazar.
The two sides will also discuss widening of bilateral trade in the context of a possible Brexit. The present annual trade between the two countries is worth $4bn, weighted in Bangladesh’s favour.
Raising bilateral relations to a level of strategic partnership, developing knowledge partnership at the level of universities, easing British visa process for Bangladesh nationals, including students willing to study in the UK and promoting businesses run by Bangladesh diaspora in the UK, among others, are likely to be discussed in the talks.
The British minister will also call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
He will leave Dhaka on Saturday.
Pier Antonio Panzeri, Joachim Zeller, Soraya Post and Barbara Lochbiler of European Parliament’s subcommittee on human rights, Jean Lambert, James Nicholson, Richard Corbet, Wajid Khan and Sajjad Karim of delegation for South Asia, Urmas Paet of EP’s committee on foreign affairs, and Marc Tarabella of delegation on Southeast Asia will visit Dhaka as members of EP delegations, officials said.

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