Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dhaka, Moscow to finalise 4 agreements

Bangladesh and Russia are on the verge of finalising four agreements to gear up their bilateral ties in various arenas including nuclear safety, agriculture and healthcare. 

The announcement was made in a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and outgoing Russian Ambassador Dr Gennady P Trotsenko at Prime Minister’s Office in the capital on Sunday.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad stated that the agreements are- Cooperation in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Regulation, Visa Exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders, Cooperation in Agriculture and Cooperation on Health Care.

The premier urged Russia to ratchet up the import of ready-made garments from Bangladesh.

She also sought broader cooperation in higher education in basic and applied science as in the past.

Sheikh Hasina recalled the contribution of Russia during Bangladesh's Liberation War and post war reconstruction works including wiping of mines and foundered ships at the anchorage of Chittagong port.

The prime minister said Bangladesh wants faster progress on the remaining works towards operation of Atomic Power Plants in Rooppur with the support of Russia.

The meeting was attended by, among others, Ambassador at Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Sheikh M Wahid Uz Zaman and PMO secretary Mollah Wahiduzzaman.