Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 7 January: Pakistan should offer an official apology to Bangladesh for the genocide committed in 1971, Dhaka told Islamabad on Thursday.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam reiterated Bangladesh’s stance during a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He also spoke about the importance of resolving outstanding bilateral issues with Islamabad, including completion of the repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh and settling the issue of the division of assets, according to a MoFA press statement.
The statement, however, did not provide any replies of the Pakistani envoy with respect to the above-mentioned issues.
Shahriar also urged Pakistan to grant access to more Bangladeshi products by utilizing the existing SAFTA provisions, relaxing the negative list and removing trade barriers. The current trade balance tilts towards Pakistan.
He highlighted that enhancing relations with all neighbouring countries was a foreign policy priority of the government.
In line with that spirit, Bangladesh looks forward to engaging with Pakistan, he added.
High Commissioner Siddiqui conveyed the very best wishes of the people and the Government of Pakistan to the State Minister and said that he would give due diligence to advancing bilateral relations in every possible area of cooperation.
Both sides agreed on the need to hold the long-pending Foreign Office Consultations, which was last held in 2010.
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