Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: October 8, 2016 , 9:44 pm | Category: LEAD NEWS
Berlin, Germany, Broadcasting News Corporation:
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali held bilateral talks with the German Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin Friday. The meeting was held in a cordial and warm environment at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Minister Ali was warmly received in Berlin as he was extended with full state protocol, including ceremonial motorcades escorting him to all the official programs. Upon arrival at his office, German Foreign Minister received Foreign Minister Ali and showed him some documents from their archives recalling establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Germany.
During the meeting, both Foreign Ministers discussed all aspects of bilateral relations and agreed to work closely to strengthen and expand areas of mutual cooperation between the two countries. Terming the relationship between Bangladesh and Germany very warm and deep, Foreign Minister Ali reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invitation to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Bangladesh to take the relations to a new height.
Referring to the recent World Bank report, Foreign Minister Ali apprised his German counterpart about the sustained economic growth and progress of Bangladesh and urged the German side to seize the opportunity to broaden their engagements in Bangladesh, particularly in terms of trade and investment. Both ministers also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the on-going refugee and migration crisis in Europe. They further discussed about orderly migration and mobility of people within the context of the upcoming Summit on Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) to be held in Dhaka in December 2016. Germany will take over the Chairmanship of the Forum from Bangladesh. Both sides also discussed about the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism and vowed to work together to address these global challenge.
Minister Mahmood Ali also visited the German Bundestag (Parliament) and held a meeting with Niels Annen, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag and Chairman of the SPD’s Commission on International Politics. The SPD is a major partner of the ruling Grand Coalition.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh began his two-day visit to Germany meeting with a high level business delegation of the German-Asia Pacific Business Community on 6 October in Hamburg. Hamburg is known as the business capital of Germany. The interactive luncheon meeting was represented by prominent German business persons having diverse and long standing business interests in Bangladesh in areas ranging from IT, shipbuilding, power and energy, banking, pharmaceuticals and jute products, in addition to readymade garments which accounts for more than 85 percent of total Bangladesh export (around US$ 5 billion in FY 2015-2016) to Germany. Peter Clasen, who has more than 100 years of family business association with Bangladesh, gave the welcome speech and moderated the interactive session. Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Muhammad Ali Sorcar and Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Hamburg Walter Stork, among others, were present at the meeting.
Minister Ali also led his delegation at the meeting with the First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz at the Town Hall on 6 October and exchanged views on issues of mutual interests.