Courtesy Call on Bangladeshi President Ahmed

August 20, 2000
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On August 20 Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori paid a courtesy call on President Shahabuddin Ahmed of Bangladesh at his official residence at 9:30 a.m. The visit, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, is summarized below.

1. Bilateral Relations

Both leaders agreed that the friendly relationship that had traditionally existed between their two nations should be expanded.

2. Economic Cooperation

The Bangladeshi side expressed appreciation for Japan's substantial economic cooperation, including debt relief and infrastructure assistance to Bangladesh and for Japanese assistance in the construction of the Maternal and Child Health Trimming Institute, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Mori and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 19.

3. United Nations Reform

The Bangladeshi side stated that Bangladesh would continue to support Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the Security Council. President Ahmed said that Japan had a just right to take a permanent seat on the Security Council and that Bangladesh would provide all possible support toward the achievement of that goal.

4. Other Matters

Prime Minister Mori expressed Japan's wish to work toward world peace in cooperation with Bangladesh, which will assume chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Referring to Bangladesh's population problem, President Ahmed expressed the hope that Bangladesh would be able to control population growth successfully through family planning and its determination to make effective use of its population as human resources.

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