Bangladesh and the United Kingdom would begin a two-day strategic dialogue at the foreign secretaries level in Dhaka today.
The Bangladesh foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office permanent under-secretary Simon McDonald would lead their respective side in the talks.
The two-day dialogue is expected to cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, growing focus on trade and investment relations, new areas of cooperation, in addition to the Rohingya issue, according to the Bangladesh High Commission in London.
Other issues that would figure in the talks are regional connectivity and stability, and a wide range of global issues including climate change, migration, co-operation in UN peacekeeping, Sustainable Development Goals, and development partnership in the LDC gradation process.
The UK side is likely to have a delegation of 15-20 officials comprising representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Department of Trade, UK Home Office/ UK Border Agency, Department of Transport, and Ministry of Defence.
On the other hand, the Bangladesh side is expected to consist of members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, Ministry of Defence, Economic Relations Division, Security Services Division, Special Branch of the Police, and Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem will also attend the dialogue.
Haque and McDonald are likely to have a tête-à-tête before the formal talks across the table along with the delegations from both sides.
The UK delegation chief is expected to give a talk about the UK-Bangladesh relations against the backdrop of UK’s exit from the EU at the Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies premises.
He is also likely to meet young leaders and diplomats of Bangladesh during the visit.
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