Japan-Bangladesh Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On June 22, commencing at 2 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Motegi congratulated the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh and expressed his intention to cooperate together to realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" and develop the Japan-Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership.
- Minister Momen expressed his appreciation for Japan's long-standing support including the assistance related to COVID-19 and asked for the provision of vaccines. Minister Motegi explained Japan's position regarding provision of vaccines and the two Ministers confirmed to cooperate continuously toward containing the spread of COVID-19.
- Minister Motegi appreciated the Government of Bangladesh for accepting the displaced persons from Rakhine State, Myanmar for a prolonged period of time, and stated that Japan will continue its support, including reducing the burden of host communities. In response, Minister Momen emphasized the importance of repatriation of those displaced persons. The two Ministers also exchanged the views on the situation in Myanmar after the coup on February 1.
- The two Ministers concurred to cooperate in promoting the bilateral friendship toward the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh next year.