Envoys in Europe to get guideline on Brexit

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:39, Jul 17,2019


The government would provide the top Bangladesh diplomats in Europe a guideline to face the Brexit-induced uncertainties after the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina would provide the guideline in a meeting with the Bangladesh ambassadors in 15 countries in Europe on July 20 in London.

Bangladesh ambassadors in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and high commissioner in the United Kingdom would join the conference.

‘The envoy conference in Europe would take place keeping in mind taking preparations for the changes to come after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, either under an agreement or with no deal,’ a senior Bangladesh diplomat in Europe told New Age on Tuesday.

Bangladesh’s business with the European countries in the context of the changing scenarios in politics in the European countries, trade with and investment from the EU member countries and technology transfer to Bangladesh are likely to crop up in the discussions, several diplomats in Europe said.

They also added that interests and engagements of the Bangladeshi diaspora in the EU member countries would also be discussed in the meeting.

Bangladesh envoys in the European countries are expected to mention the need for the government’s support for exploring potentials in their respective areas of responsibilities, an ambassador in a central European country said.  The constraints they have been facing in operations of the missions will also be on the agenda, he added. 

Sheikh Hasina is likely to leave the country for the UK on July 19. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque are expected to accompany the prime minister in the meeting.

Additionally, the PM is expected to undergo an eye checkup in London during her visit.

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