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24/03/2014: EU to work closely with government in Bangladesh

EU to work closely with government in Bangladesh
DHAKA, March 24, 2014 (BSS) - European Union today reiterated its plans for close cooperation with the incumbent government in Bangladesh as a high-level EU delegation today held talks with foreign minister Mahmud Ali here.

"European Union will continue to work closely with the government of Bangladesh," a foreign office statement quoted chair of the EU parliamentary delegation Jean Lambert as saying during the meeting.

Lambert also praised Bangladesh's remarkable achievement in the socio-economic sector but added that a democratic and politically stable environment was required to keep up the continued success in economy and social development.

Ali, it said, expressed satisfaction over the excellent EU relationship with Dhaka calling it "an old and tested friend" which was playing a "crucially important role" in Bangladesh's development and supplementing its efforts for self reliance.

The minister also stressed on the government's commitment to uphold democracy, rule of law and good governance in the country.

Lambert, an influential member of the European Parliament representing the Green Party currently leads a 10-member delegation which is in Dhaka on a tour, the first such since the January 5 elections reinstalled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government to power.

Ali particularly appreciated EU for its continued support in providing Duty-Free, Quota-Free access to the LDCs including Bangladesh in the European market under its EBA arrangement and
acknowledged its support in improving the work environment in the
RMG sector in Bangladesh.

The Foreign Minister also apprised the delegation of the efforts of the Government to achieve a safe and friendly work environment in the sector. He also stressed that the buyers should also consider fair price of products so that it could enable the exporters to improve the work environment and raise the wages further.