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12:00 AM, March 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:23 AM, March 06, 2019

Post-Brexit: Outgoing UK envoy assures of continued trade preferences

Outgoing British High Commissioner Alison Blake reassured that Bangladesh would continue to enjoy European Union's Everything But Arms (EBA) like trade preferences until an even better deal is being worked out between the two countries.

She made the assurance on the Bangladeshi foreign minister AK Abdul Momen's reference to post-Brexit trade preferences for Bangladesh, when she paid a farewell call on the minister at the foreign ministry yesterday morning.

The high commissioner presented her letters of credence to the president on January 19, 2016 and is scheduled to depart the country on March 7, after end of her tour of duty.

Highly appreciating Alison Blake's dedicated and hard work to further strengthen and broaden bilateral relations between the two countries, Foreign Minister Momen sought her continued support to encourage more investment by UK companies in Bangladesh.

Referring to more than half a million strong British-Bangladeshis in the UK, he further urged the high commissioner to make UK visa processing easier, said a foreign ministry press release.

The foreign minister also thanked the British envoy for playing the pivotal role in mobilising a strong UK leadership at the global level for finding a sustainable and peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.

High Commissioner Blake also called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and thanked him for all the support during her tenure in Bangladesh.

They exchanged views on current political relations including high number of incoming visits from the UK over the past few years, Rohingya crisis, countering terrorism and upcoming Cricket World Cup in the UK.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque hosted a farewell lunch in honour of the outgoing British High Commissioner at the State Guest House Padma yesterday, where senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and business leaders were present.

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