Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan invited his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina Wajid, to visit Pakistan as both discussed bilateral cooperation in a telephonic conversation, the PM office stated on Wednesday.
The invitation comes amid other diplomatic moves suggesting improving relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Accoeding to PM office the Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his cordial invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Pakistan. Imran Khan said Pakistan is committed to deepening fraternal relations with Bangladesh on the basis of mutual trust, mutual respect and sovereign equality.
The two leaders also discussed coronavirus response and “their respective steps to deal with the myriad of challenges posed by COVID-19, siad in the statement.
PM Imran Khan phoned to Sheikh Hasina Wajid to know from her about the COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh and how her government is combating the deadly disease, Khan expressed condolences on the loss of lives, prayed for their recovery and “commended measures taken by the leadership of Bangladesh to contain the spread of the virus, said a statement from Dhaka.
The conversation lasted for 15 minutes, said Ihsanul Karim, Hasina’s press secretary, in the statement.
The high level contact between pakistan and Bangladesh leadership is seen as a significant development.
This was the soecond high level interaction between Pakistan and Bangladesh, earlier Pakistan’s envoy to Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, had met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen in Dhaka on first week of July.
After meeting Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui hd said that we want stronger relations with Bangladesh in all walks of life, he expresed these views after meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, reported by Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
Referring to the talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen Siddiqui added: “The two sides briefed each other on the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries and precautionary and preventive measures being taken.”
“We want stronger relations with brotherly Bangladesh in all walks of life. We share common bonds of history, religion and culture,” he added.
Siddiqui said: “Pakistan believes there is a huge potential in bilateral economic and commercial cooperation. We must work together to realize this potential with a focus on bringing our respective private sectors closer.”
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