Maldives and Bangladesh signed four significant agreements between both countries, during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s state visit.
The agreements were signed during a ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Both President Solih and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, presided over the signing ceremony.
These agreements signify a pivotal point of progress in the bilateral relations between the nations.
The agreements signed are:
1. MoU on the Establishment of the Maldives-Bangladesh Joint Commission on Comprehensive Cooperation
This agreement was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid on behalf of Maldives, and by Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dr A.K. Abdul Momen from Bangladesh.
This MoU is intended to create a joint commission that focuses on the substantive corporation in a multitude of settings.
2. MoU on the Establishment of Bilateral Consultations.
From Maldives, this agreement was signed by Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed and Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen.
The MoU aims to strengthen the existing bilateral relationships and pave way for comprehensive and productive dialogue.
3. MoU Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture of Maldives and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh, on the Establishment of the field of Fisheries and Pelagic Fishing.
While Maldivian Minister of Economic Development, Fayyaz Ismail signed from Malldives, Bangladeshi Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, S.M. Rezaul Karim signed from Bangladesh.
The purpose of this MoU is to improve both nations relationship in fisheries and open up a channel for productive dialogue in this area.
4. MoU on the Establishment of Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for 2022-2025.
Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Bangladeshi State Minister of Cultural Affairs K.M. Khalid signed this agreement.
Prior to the agreement-signing ceremony, President Solih and Prime Minister Haseena held a meeting and bilateral talks between the countries.
Both leaders engaged in productive discussions on further enhancing existing relations and extending cooperation across multiple sectors
President Solih was in Dhaka from March 17 to 18. He was accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high-level delegation.