Bangladesh invites Dutch PM for launching Delta Plan 2100

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte to visit Bangladesh for launching of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 at a mutually convenient time this year, the foreign ministry said.

Published : 19 Feb 2018, 07:53 PM
Updated : 4 Sept 2018, 06:22 PM

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque handed over the invitation letter to David van Week, Adviser on Foreign Policy and Defence to the Dutch Prime Minister, during a meeting at his office in Dutch capital on Monday.

The Dutch government is assisting in formulating the Plan. The prime minister, in her letter, further sought continued Dutch support for the implementation of the Delta Plan.

Thanking Bangladesh for its support for the Dutch non-permanent membership to the UNSC for the current term (2017-2018), the Adviser briefed the Foreign Secretary about the Dutch priorities during their upcoming chairmanship of the UNSC in March.

He appreciated Bangladesh's role as one of the top troop and police contributing countries in UN peacekeeping.

File Photo: Sheikh Hasina shakes hand with Mark Rutte during her visit to the Netherlands in November, 2015.

He emphasised on enhancing capabilities for the peacekeepers, including future cooperation in the areas of UN peacekeeping operations and prevention of conflicts at large.

The foreign secretary briefed the Adviser on the Rohingya issue and sought Dutch support in the UN Security Council and other forums for early resolution of the crisis.

They also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interests, including the need for the renewed initiative for enhancing trade and investment between the two countries, the foreign ministry said.

The foreign secretary unveiled the foundation of Language Monument (Shaheed Minar) at Zuiderpark in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Rabin Baldewsingh.

Members of the Bangladesh community in the Netherlands were also present at this historic event in the City of Peace and Justice symbolising the true spirit of Ekushey, to the international community.

He also held a meeting with the deputy mayor at the City Hall and discussed the construction of the Shaheed Minar.

The deputy mayor also hosted a lunch in honour of the Foreign Secretary, which was attended by Ambassadorৃs from South and South East Asian, as well as European countries.

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