Bangladesh and Nigeria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of bilateral consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries.
Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Masud Bin Momen and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Mustapha Lawal Sulaiman signed the instrument on behalf of their respective ministries in a virtual MoU signing ceremony held on Monday, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria Md Shameem Ahsan, Additional Foreign Secretary (East) Mashfee Binte Shams, Director General (Africa) from Bangladesh side Ms Maleka Parveen, Director (Regions) Nura Abba Rimi, Head (Asia and Pacific Division) at the Nigerian Foreign Ministry Ms Aisha Dewa along with other senior officials of both the foreign ministries were present during the ceremony
Both of the foreign secretaries hoped that the signing of the MoU would enable the two foreign ministries to hold regular consultations in order to review the progress of bilateral relations and contribute to strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries in future, the release added.
During the ceremony, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen stressed on the exploration of the untapped potential in political, economic, cultural and educational areas and proposed to establish meaningful collaborative relationship in this regard.
The Foreign Secretary mentioned that Bangladesh would like to pursue more trade and investments cooperation with Nigeria and also urged for mutual efforts to conclude the pending agreements between the two countries, the release said.
Nigerian Foreign Secretary Mustapha Lawal Sulaiman expressed the hope to work closely with Bangladesh to steer bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries.
While applauding the impressive and sustained economic growth of Bangladesh, the Nigerian Permanent Secretary emphasized on exchange of government and private level visits between the countries, the release said.
During the ceremony, both Bangladesh and Nigeria agreed to hold Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) on a regular basis, the release added.