| 18 Jan 2019, 00:00 | Update : 18 Jan 2019, 11:19
The European Union (EU) has reiterated its willingness to work with the new government of Bangladesh on issues of mutual interests.
EU Head of the Delegation and Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink made the vow during a meeting with new Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen at the State Guest House Padma in the city on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for long-standing and comprehensive EU support for Bangladesh, since independence.
Terming EU as Bangladesh’s important ‘partner’, he sought continued cooperation and enhanced collaboration to build even stronger partnership at all levels.
Momen explored ways to build new and innovative partnerships, particularly on how to finance the SDGs through effective partnerships as stipulated under Goal 17.
In response, the EU Ambassador mentioned about the European Investment Banka (EIB), which is already financing a good number of projects in energy transmission, wastewater management and climate change mitigation.
She also mentioned about the need for better ‘business climate’ for enhanced European investments in Bangladesh.
Dr. Momen thanked the EU for extending comprehensive support for the Rohingya crisis, a ‘humanitarian tragedy’ and urged the Ambassador to do more for their safe return.
The EU Ambassador reiterated EU’s full support for the Ronhingya crisis and commended Bangladesh’s significant contribution in sheltering such large number of people, detriment to the local communities and environment.