PM says Thailand visit a milestone for Bangladesh's regional diplomacy, economic growth

UNB || Shining BD

Published: 5/2/2024 8:18:56 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday described her recent six-day trip to Thailand as a landmark success, aimed at safeguarding Bangladesh's economic interests and elevating its regional presence.

The visit, which took place from April 24 to April 29, was prompted by an invitation from Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin.

During a press briefing at her official residence, Ganabhaban, Sheikh Hasina said: "Overall, this visit was a significant step forward in our efforts to protect our economic interests and enhance our regional involvement."

The trip included a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings, underscoring a commitment to strengthening ties between Bangladesh and Thailand.

"This official visit will serve as a milestone in our bilateral relationship and usher in a new era of fruitful partnerships," stated the prime minister.

She also highlighted the importance of her visit to Thailand, an influential Asean member, as being crucial for advancing economic and diplomatic ties.

"The visit will play an important role in enhancing our bilateral economic relations, including advancing talks on a free trade agreement, boosting communication and more," she elaborated.

Furthermore, she expressed optimism regarding the impact of her discussions with Prime Minister Thavisin on the issue of Rohingya repatriation.

She was also hopeful that her discussions with the Thai prime minister will encourage Thailand to adopt a stronger stance on the speedy repatriation of Rohingyas, both bilaterally and within the Asean framework.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also pointed out that the visit is expected to significantly support Bangladesh's bid to become an Asean Sectoral Dialogue Partner by 2024, marking a significant step in its diplomatic endeavours in the region.

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