Saturday, September 20, 2008

Official: Sino-Bangladesh relations boosted through Bangladesh gov't head's visit

The recent visit of Chief Adviser of the Bangladesh caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed to China has boosted bilateral ties between the two friendly countries, a senior official said here on Friday.

The Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury of the government said this Friday in a press statement of the foreign ministry.

He said the chief adviser held official talks with China's President Hu Jintao, Vice President Xi Jinping, and Premier Wen Jiabao.

The discussions underscored the fact that Bangladesh-China relations were "time-tested" and "all-weather," and that they symbolized a "comprehensive partnership for cooperation," he said.

The foreign adviser said some new potential areas for cooperation also came up, including the construction of future seventh and eighth friendship bridges, collaboration on nuclear power technology and on the production of hybrid seeds for expanding agricultural production.

The two sides also discussed a future road linking Bangladesh and China through Myanmar.

"The visit most certainly strengthened the ties that bind our two Asian and developing countries. China is important for us, as Bangladesh is for China," said the foreign adviser.

"I have every confidence that all governments to follow will bear this in mind, and that close ties with China will be an eternal pillar of Bangladesh's foreign policy," he said.  


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