Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said Bangladesh will continue to maintain a balanced foreign policy — noting the importance of the country’s geostrategic location.
“My challenge is — there are three countries — the United States, India and China. These are powerful countries. I have to maintain the relationship with these three countries in such a way so that we can have an improved relationship with each country,” he said. “We need to move ahead maintaining a balance with them.”
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The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a citizens’ dialogue on Bangladesh’s achievements, opportunities and challenges. Bangladesh Study Group hosted the dialogue at Jatiya Press Club.
Momen said Bangladesh has become a center of interest due to its important geostrategic location. He thinks the future world will be an Asian-led world.
The foreign minister also said the US is a “major power” and Bangladesh will have to pursue good relations with the United States. “You will be happy to know that we have developed a very good relationship with India.”
He said Bangladesh is going through a “golden chapter” in terms of its relations with India and the trade relations between the two countries are also on the rise.
Momen thanked the Indian government for demonstrating its respect for Bangladesh through invites to all the meetings and Summit of the G20.
The minister is scheduled to attend the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting — to be held in New Delhi, India on March 1 and 2.
State Minister for Planning Shamsul Alam spoke as special guest at the discussion, chaired by Bangladesh Study Trust Chairman and former vice chancellor of National University Prof Harun-or-Rashid.
Dhaka University International Relations Department Prof ASM Ali Ashraf presented a keynote paper while Bangladesh Study Trust general secretary THM Jahangir delivered welcome remarks.