DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s desire for stronger trade relations and economic cooperation with Pakistan. Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Imran Ahmed Siddiqui said during a meeting in Dhaka on Monday (October 25, 2021).
The two sides agreed to boost ties between Pakistan and Bangladesh, a Foreign Office statement said.
According to a Dawn report, this was the second meeting between the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and the Pakistani Ambassador in about 11 months.
The meeting comes as relations between the two countries have been strained for more than a decade.
It is noteworthy that this meeting took place at a time when the two countries have started preparations for Hasina Wajid’s first visit to Pakistan.
The Bangladeshi Prime Minister has recently informed Pakistan in writing to accept the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, which was given last July. However, no dates have been fixed for the trip yet while Hasina Wajid has also invited Imran Khan to visit Bangladesh.
Pakistan has proposed to Bangladesh to prepare a roadmap for the Prime Minister’s visit so that it can be fruitful.
In addition, Islamabad wants to resume bilateral mechanisms, such as the Foreign Secretary’s talks, which have not been held for almost 13 years.
It may be recalled that relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh deteriorated when Hasina’s second term as Prime Minister began in 2009 as she resumed the so-called 1971 war crimes trial.
In view of the tripartite agreement reached in April 1974 for the repatriation of prisoners of war, Pakistan has always considered the partition of the country in 1971 as a closed chapter.
However, relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh began to improve last year, with Delhi-Dhaka relations heating up following the implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act by India last year. Was
Moreover, the growing Chinese influence in Dhaka has also brought Pakistan and Bangladesh closer.