Relations with Iceland to be strengthened | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 01, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 01, 2008

Relations with Iceland to be strengthened

Says Iftekhar

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said that an important outcome of the visit of Iceland president to Bangladesh was a commitment on the part of both parties to increasing cooperation on a number of issues of common interest.
The foreign adviser said this in a statement after attending the breakfast hosted by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed for Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.
Iftekhar said, “Bangladesh and Iceland may appear to be geographically far apart. Yet we are connected by common interests in a number of current issues, including climate change, clean energy, marine fisheries and technology, and desire for a stable and peaceful world with an environment appropriate for development.”
“There were substantive discussions on a gamut of subject, including climate change,” he said.
He said Bangladesh has always placed a high priority in her relations with all Nordic countries, including Iceland, because of their positive contribution to global peace and development.
Referring to the proposal made by President Grimsson of a Himalayan Council to tackle the problem of climate change, the foreign adviser said, “It is an interesting idea that merits examine. We shall certainly study it in a positive light.”

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