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Bangladesh, Russia to pursue shared goals together

  • Published at 03:05 pm April 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:55 pm April 14th, 2017
Bangladesh, Russia to pursue shared goals together
Bangladesh and Russia have marked 45 years of diplomatic relations by agreeing to work together to achieve shared goals. The announcement came after Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday. Foreign Minister Lavrov termed Bangladesh a "reliable partner" and noted that the two-way trade volume had crossed $1.5 billion in 2015-2016. For his part, Minister Ali expressed gratitude for the then USSR's support for Bangladesh during the Liberation War, and invited Russian investors to do business in Bangladesh. He also sought duty and quota-free access to Bangladeshi goods in the Russian market and in member states of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. In a sign of the deepening relationship between the two countries, Lavrov agreed to make a return visit to Bangladesh after Ali reiterated the invitation extended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a letter he passed on to his Russian counterpart. PM Hasina also invited Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit Bangladesh. Later, Ali witnessed the signing of an MoU between Russia's Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and Bangladesh's Ministry of Information on cooperation in mass communications, and another MoU on cooperation between the ITAR TASS News Agency and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.