Moscow keen to strengthen ties with Dhaka
First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey I Denisov said here yesterday that Russia is ready to further strengthen its cooperation with Bangladesh.
He made the remarks when the newly appointed Bangladesh ambassador to Russia, Dr SM Saiful Hoque, called on him to hand over a copy of his credentials.
With the submission of the credentials, Dr Hoque becomes functional as ambassador to Russia from yesterday. The formal presentation of the credentials to President Dimitry Medvedev in the Kremlin will take place at a shorter date.
During the meeting, Ambassador Hoque recalled with gratitude the enormous contribution of the government and people of the former USSR to the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 and their role in demining the Chittagong area as well as the reconstruction and development of the war-ravaged country.
Denisov recalled the historic visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Russia in 1973. He also highly regarded the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He assured that Russia would support its efforts in all possible areas. The first deputy foreign minister particularly referred to development of energy sector in Bangladesh.
He further stated that despite global economic recession, Russian State Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) is ready to set up nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.
Denisov also informed that now there is no barrier to import wheat from Russia. He underscored the need to widen the cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the ICT and cultural areas which will facilitate cooperation in other areas.