Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Japan pledged to strengthen ties
Dhaka: The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Japan pledged to further strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the pledge in separate greetings video messages on Tuesday (February 8) to mark the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations. An event was organized at the Foreign Service Academy on this day.
Both the Prime Ministers congratulated the people of the two friendly countries on this important occasion. On February 10, 1972, Japan formally recognized Bangladesh as an independent state.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude on behalf of the people of Bangladesh for the valuable support and contribution of Japan and its people in the war of independence of Bangladesh. She recalled the historic visit of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan in October 1973, which laid the foundation for a lasting friendship between the two countries. She mentioned the progress made during her visit to Japan in 1997, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2019 to take forward the activities of Bangabandhu and further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
Referring to the strong foundation of bilateral relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that in the near future, it is going to be upgraded from a comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership. She acknowledged Japan's sustainable economic cooperation and support, and hoped that the enviable cooperation of the past 50 years would continue to be an inspiration for mutual benefit for the next fifty years.
In his message, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reiterated Japan's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Bangladesh. He referred to the visit of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan in October 1973 as a solid foundation in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Appreciating the socio-economic progress of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he reiterated his commitment to stand by Bangladesh for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. He assured Japan's continued support in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki spoke on the occasion.