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British foreign secretary apologizes to FM Momen for postponing meeting

  • Published at 06:36 pm September 3rd, 2021
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FM Abul Momen meets COP-26 president-designate and delivers speech at a climate talk

British Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab has apologized to his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen for postponing the scheduled bilateral talks in London on Thursday.

“UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has travelled in response to the global Afghanistan crisis and he informed Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen to apologise. Hope to reset the meeting soon," a spokesperson of the High Commission told Dhaka Tribune on Friday.

A senior official of the Bangladesh High Commission in London also confirmed the postponement to this correspondent.

About the rescheduled meeting, officials of the Bangladesh High Commission in London and the British High Commission in Dhaka said that the talks would be held at a mutually convenient time.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Dr Momen and COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma held an official bilateral talk at 9 Downing Street and discussed hosting a CVF-COP26 joint event on the sidelines of the COP26 in Glasgow in early November.

Highlighting Bangladesh's important role in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Momen sought to have the CVF-COP26 joint event to strengthen climate cooperation between the President of COP-26 and the most climate-vulnerable countries, including Bangladesh, the current chair of CVF.

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Furthermore, he proposed that the UK and Bangladesh expand their bilateral climate relations especially in transferring green technology, promoting green investment, and supporting climate mitigation projects such as building embankments to protect people from sea-level rise and river erosion.

At the meeting, Dr Momen briefed Sharma on the COP26 agenda for Bangladesh focusing particularly on loss and damage, and the proposed CVF-COP26 Leaders’ Summit under Bangladesh Presidency.

Sharma assured Bangladesh of the UK's continued support for its climate initiatives covering different areas, including collaboration to promote green financing and investment, and technology transfer to build a clean and green future.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem accompanied Dr Momen to the talk along with other senior members of the minister’s delegation. 

Later on the Day, the foreign minister delivered speech at a climate talk titled "Forging a CVF-COP26 Climate Solidarity" at the UK's foremost think tank Chatham House, calling for global solidarity and political commitment to combat climate challenges.

Mentioning Bangladesh’s various initiatives including the “Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan Decade 2030” and Bangladesh’s self-financed $450-million Climate Change Trust Fund, the minister said that Dhaka had been pursuing a low carbon development path although Bangladesh is a minimal emitter.

During the meeting, the minister noted that the Rohingyas had posed a grave threat to the environment in south-eastern Bangladesh and called for the UK’s support in repatriating them to their own country, Myanmar.