Bangladesh and France sign letter of intent on defense cooperation – .

Bangladesh and France sign letter of intent on defense cooperation – .

Bangladesh and France signed a letter of intent on defense cooperation in order to further develop the defense and security aspect of their partnership.
“To this end, the two countries have agreed to strengthen dialogue and continue their cooperation, especially in the field of training, which was launched during this visit”, according to a statement issued by the office of French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Paris yesterday after joining COP26 in Glasgow. She received a warm welcome at the Elysee Palace on the first day of her five-day visit to France.

The Presidential Guard greeted the Prime Minister upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace. PM Hasina and French President Macron organized a luncheon and tête-à-tête.

Later, Prime Minister Hasina had a bilateral meeting with French Prime Minister Jean Castex at his official residence.

According to a joint statement released today, Dhaka and Paris have committed to intensify their cooperation in the field of defense equipment according to the needs expressed and the capacity of each party to respond to them, in particular through capacity building and development. potential transfer of technology.

In March last year, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly during a meeting with Prime Minister Hasina in Dhaka had offered to sell Rafale manufactured by Dassault Aviation.

The joint statement also states that France and Bangladesh shared the same vision of a free, open, peaceful, secure and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, based on international law and with shared prosperity for all.

“Taking note of the French and European strategies concerning the Indo-Pacific, the two parties agreed to work to promote regional peace and stability and to explore new opportunities for cooperation in matters of maritime security and blue economy, ”he said.

Emphasizing their commitment to fully respect the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes, refraining from any threat or use of force, they declared the importance of maintaining security and freedom of navigation and overflight in all seas and oceans.

France and Bangladesh noted the significant pressure caused by the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and stressed the need to secure funding for the United Nations Joint Response Plan for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and allow their voluntary, safe return, dignified and durable in Myanmar as soon as possible.

In this regard, Bangladesh highlighted the potential security risks of the crisis for the region and urged the international community to play a constructive role in resolving the crisis.

The two countries expressed their determination to strengthen economic, trade and investment cooperation and to continue their joint efforts to improve market access for their respective companies.

They reaffirmed their desire to strengthen long-term economic and industrial partnerships, including in the agriculture, infrastructure, transport, energy and digital sectors.

Dhaka and Paris have also signed credit facility agreements on strengthening health systems and wastewater treatment plants.

The high-level talks also focused on improving bilateral ties, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties that the two countries will celebrate next year, and major international and regional issues.

Both sides recalled the historic leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Bangladesh recognized the valuable support of the government and people of the French Republic during the war of liberation in 1971.

France and Bangladesh underlined their common will to develop and deepen all aspects of their partnership, including politics, diplomacy, trade and investment, climate change, education, through political consultations. regular for strategic orientations.

The two countries pledged to increase their cooperation and dialogue in order to actively contribute to strengthening connectivity in South Asia in order to facilitate trade between Europe and Asia and promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

They reaffirmed that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, is one of the most serious threats to world peace and security and that all terrorist acts are criminal and unjustifiable.

The two countries therefore jointly expressed their support for the efforts to combat terrorism and agreed to strengthen their cooperation, including under the aegis of the United Nations.

France congratulated Bangladesh on having been recommended by the UN to exit the LDC in 2026.

Recognizing the submission by Bangladesh of the National Plan of Action on the Labor Sector to the European Union, France stressed the need for its comprehensive implementation and encouraged Bangladesh to continue its economic growth and diversification driven by exports, in particular by taking advantage of appropriate trade preferences under the European Agreement GSP Regulations of the Union.

In addition, the two countries underlined their commitment to liberalize and facilitate trade and investment and their commitment to the role of the World Trade Organization.

They expressed their wish to strengthen their cooperation in order to improve the mechanism of global governance and stimulate sustainable economic recovery and growth after the Covid-19 pandemic.


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