At a historic meeting held yesterday evening (22 September 2016) at the UN Head Quarters, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, MP and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signed the “Agreement on Visa-free visit for persons holding diplomatic and official (service) passports”, on behalf of their respective governments. The agreement once implemented will ease and enhance the level of engagements between the peoples of the two friendly countries.
During the meeting, two foreign ministers discussed issues of mutual interest. They also discussed the possibility of a visit by Russian Prime Minister Medvedev to Dhaka sometime early 2017, dates for which will be worked out through diplomatic channel. Russia thanked Bangladesh for its constructive and balanced role at the UN on various issues of mutual concerns.
Russian side showed interest in formalising a few agreements including the Inter-governmental cooperation, maritime cooperation and send delegation to Dhaka to further the ongoing discussion.
Foreign Minister Ali thanked the Russian government for its continued support to Bangladesh and especially referred to the implementation of the country's first nuclear power plant under Russian assistance. Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque was present during the meeting.