Japan-Bangladesh Relations

September 25, 2018
Japan-Bangladesh Foreign Ministers' Meeting1
Japan-Bangladesh Foreign Ministers' Meeting2

On Tuesday, September 25, from 9:50 a.m. local time (10:50 p.m. on September 25, Japan time) for 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, during his visit to New York to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, held a Foreign Ministers' Meeting with H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The overview is as follows.

  1. Minister Kono appreciated that he could meet Minister Ali again soon after their meeting in Dhaka in August, and stated that Japan will further promote the Japan- Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership and continue to extend full cooperation towards further development of Bangladesh to shift into a middle income country by 2021, and that Japan is committed to further strengthening their bilateral relationship towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022. Minister Ali stated that Bangladesh will promote bilateral exchanges to deepen their relationship.
  2. Minister Kono highly commended the efforts made by the Government of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Hasina to accept and support numbers of displaced persons from Rakhine State and to hold ongoing dialogue towards a solution. Minister Kono stated that Japan will continue to support repatriation of displaced persons in safe, voluntary and dignified manner based on a bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar and that Japan will urge the international community to support this endeavor. Minister Ali explained his visit to Myanmar, lauded the recent positive moves made by the Government of Myanmar, and expressed Bangladesh's commitment for the prompt repatriation of the displaced persons. 
  3. Both ministers confirmed importance for the international community to ensure the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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