Bangladesh and Nigeria have showed their keen interest to work closely to forge stronger bilateral relations especially in the fields of trade and commerce.
Both sides expressed the willingness when Bangladesh high commissioner to Nigeria Md Shameem Ahsan called on Nigerian foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama at his office on Friday, said a press release here on Saturday.
During the courtesy meeting, held in a very cordial atmosphere, both the sides expressed their keen desire to strengthen and expand existing cordial bilateral relations in depth and dimensions.
The high commissioner highlighted the tremendous achievements Bangladesh made in various sectors under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Ahsan specially mentioned about the recent launching of the first space satellite (Bangabandhu Satelite-1) and Bangladesh’s attainment of the eligibility to graduate to a developing country which the minister deeply appreciated.
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and 6th largest producer of oil in the world.
The high commissioner also highlighted on the genocidal acts being committed on the Rohingyas in Myanmar and the magnanimity shown by the prime minister in hosting 1.1 million refugees.
The Nigerian minister deeply appreciated the generosity and humanitarian support extended by Bangladesh.
Ahsan thanked the Nigerian government for supporting the position of Bangladesh on Rohingyas especially in favour of the resolution on Myanmar at the UN General Assembly.
On the issue of opening of a resident mission in Dhaka, the minister said that it was under consideration of their government.
On behalf of Bangladesh foreign minister, the high commissioner invited Nigerian foreign minister to visit Bangladesh which he happily accepted and expressed hope that he will visit at his earliest convenience.
At the end of the meeting, the high commissioner handed over a copy of the book ‘The Unfinished Memories’ written by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a souvenir to the minister.