Voicing his government's firm confidence in the present Awami League government, British Prime Minister David Cameron today said they would work together with Bangladesh for ensuring its socioeconomic development.
Cameron came up with the assurance when visiting Bangladesh Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with him at 10 Downing Street in the morning.
After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shamim Chowdhury and
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told reporters that the British government’s confidence in the current AL-led Bangladesh government has been expressed strongly during the talks.
Hasina is now in the UK on a three-day visit at the invitation of her British counterpart and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake. This is her first visit to Europe after the January-5 election.
The press secretary said the British prime minister expressed his high optimism that the UK government would jointly work with the current Bangladesh government for ensuring socioeconomic development of the country and its progress.
He said the meeting that began at 8:30am and lasted for almost 45 minutes was held in a very cordial manner as both leaders had open discussions on bilateral issues.
The foreign secretary said David Cameron highly praised the achievements and successes of Bangladesh in its socioeconomic development, especially in attainment of MDGs under the able leadership of Hasina.
The British premier mentioned that Hasina has been invited to attend the Girl Summit due to her leadership role both at home and abroad in the fields of women empowerment, girls education and social movement.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Women and
Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki, PM's Principal Secretary Abdus
Sobhan Sikder, UK Minister for State for International Development Desmond Swayne TD MP and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi were, among others, present at the meeting.
Earlier, the British prime minister showed the Bangladesh prime minister the Girl Summit Charter on Ending FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage.
On her arrival at the 10 Downing Street around 8:30 am (local time),
Cameron received Hasina outside his office.