The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon met the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam MP at the State Guest House Padma this morning. The two Ministers discussed range of bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest. The UK Minister Lord Ahmad, while mentioning about the future plan of strengthening the Commonwealth, requested active participation of Bangladesh in the Commonwealth process and in the next CHOGM Summit to be held in London in April 2018. He praised the role of Bangladesh in the peace keeping operations specially participation of women peacekeepers. He added that UK government is looking forward to the visit of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to London to participate in the Commonwealth Summit to be held in the spring of 2018. He also expressed hope that the two Prime Ministers may also meet on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York in September 2017.
They also discussed the issue of counter terrorism and violent extremism and Lord Ahmad praised the zero tolerance policy of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina against all kinds of violence and extremism. They also discussed the impact of internet and social media abuse to create social unrest and terrorism across the globe. The UK Minister also praised the Prime Minister Seheikh Hasina for her commendable success in gender equality, girl’s education and women empowerment and requested Bangladesh to take lead in these sectors in Commonwealth cooperation. He also appreciated the incorporation of religious education in the curriculum of primary and secondary education to stop spread of radicalism and extremism.
State Minister Shahriar Alam MP requested his counterpart to recognize the 25 March as Genocide day and also requested to return the convicted war criminal Mueen Uddin Chowdhury who is now living in the UK. m
Lord Ahmad is the first British Minister in Theresa May Government formed after the June snap elections who is visiting Bangladesh. He also served as Transport Minister in the first Government of Prime Minister Theresa May.