France to consider Bangladesh’s concern in climate change conference

DHAKA : France would consider Bangladesh’s concern in the upcoming climate change conference scheduled to be held in Paris in December this year, reports BSS.
“Since Bangladesh is among the most climate change vulnerable countries in the world, France would consider Bangladesh’s views in the climate change conference in Paris,” said France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday.
During a formal meeting with the visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Laurent Fabius expressed views to work with Bangladesh to counter terrorism and militancy for ensuring a peaceful world, according to a message received here from Paris today.
Appreciating Bangladesh’s tremendous development in socio-economic sectors, the France foreign minister reiterated his country’s continued support in Bangladesh’s various important sectors and further enhancing ties in bilateral trade and business.
The two ministers also discussed various bilateral and international issues including their commitment to combating climate disruption, which particularly affects Bangladesh.
The discussions between Laurent Fabius and Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali also focused on the development of their bilateral relations, especially the development of economic cooperation.
The France foreign minister appreciated the successes achieved by the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh’s poverty alleviation, expansion of women education and their empowerment and reducing child and maternal mortality rate in the country.
Expansion of bilateral trade and increasing France investment to Bangladesh and expediting cultural exchange programmes between the two countries came up in the discussion prominently.
Mahmood Ali informed his France counterpart about Bangladesh’s active role for increasing connectivity and regional cooperation through different initiatives like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN-MVA), The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation (BCIM) and Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).