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Bangladesh, Ireland hold maiden FOC in Dublin

Staff Reporter:

Bangladesh and Ireland held their first-ever Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in Dublin on Monday and signed the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Biennial Consultations between the for-eign ministries of two countries.
The FOC held at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, where Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and his Irish counterpart Secretary-General Joseph Hackett led their respective delegation, said a press release received here yesterday.
This would be the first time any agreement has been signed in the 52 years of diplomatic relations be-tween Bangladesh and Ireland.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Ireland Saida Muna Tasneem attended the FOC along with officials from the foreign ministry and Bangladesh High Commission, London.
The foreign secretary said that he had a very fruitful discussion with his Irish counterpart covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations including political and humanitarian support demonstrated by the Irish people and politicians during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
He also underlined the importance of admission of more Bangladeshi students by Irish Universities and recruiting meritorious IT professionals from Bangladesh in the Irish tech industry under the EU Talent partnerships.
The foreign secretary paid tributes to former Irish Foreign Minister Se n MacBride who created an in-quiry commission seeking justice on the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Recalling the very recent official visit of Irish Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister Simon Coveney TD to Bangladesh on the occasion of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day, Secretary General Joe reiterat-ed the commitment of the Irish Government towards forward-looking and positive engagements with Bangladesh including in the areas of trade, investment, recruitment of health professionals and climate change.
The Irish Secretary General praised the tremendous growth and socio-economic progress achieved by Bangladesh over the past decade and a half under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and thanked her for her extraordinary humanitarian gesture of hosting more than a million Rohingyas from Myanmar.
The two foreign secretaries further underscored the need for opening embassies in their respective capi-tals at the earliest to maximize the potentials of emerging bilateral collaborations.
Besides, they discussed exploring new opportunities for enhancing bilateral cooperation in trade, invest-ment, gainful employment, migration and mobility, and the welfare of nearly twenty thousand Bangla-deshi Diaspora living in Ireland.
The two sides also discussed future climate cooperation bilaterally and multilaterally including the loss and damage fund, adaptation, and investments into renewable energy especially offshore wind energy plants in Bangladesh.

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