April 1, 2023, 1:09 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2022-12-22 18:00:35 BdST

Argentine President thanks Bangladesh for supporting Argentina

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez thanked the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the letter he sent celebrating the achievement of the third world soccer title by the Argentine National Team and called to “deepen” the link between both nations.

“Thank you Sheikh Hasina and the entire people of Bangladesh. The union and mutual affection that we have seen in recent weeks has become inexplicable, Both flags are also flying here today. Let’s deepen this link,” Fernández wrote on his official account on the social network Twitter, in a message in which he also shared the statement signed by the Bangladeshi prime minister.

This Monday, Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to the Argentine president to express his “heartfelt congratulations” to Argentina for “the spectacular victory” in the World Cup in Qatar after having triumphed against France in the final of the contest played last Sunday.

In the text, the official highlighted “affection and love for football” and the Argentine national team that connects both countries, and remarked that the people of Bangladesh “has shown their admiration and love through the spontaneous celebration of the victory in the Soccer World Cup.”

He also stated that he hopes that this “unprecedented” demonstration between the two peoples has “paved the way for strong bilateral relations.”

“To this end, I hope to further consolidate our relations by opening missions in each of the other capitals in the coming days,” the official statement closed.

They study to reopen the Argentine embassy in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry recently confirmed that the Argentine Republic decided to move forward with the reopening of the embassy in Bangladesh, which has been closed since 1978, with the aim of “exploiting the potential of the bilateral relationship” between the two countries.

In the minister’s press office they said that since last April there is a file to open the diplomatic headquarters, a decision that took place after Cafiero’s meeting in New York with his peer Abdul Kalam Abdul Momen. And that the decision was made because this country is experiencing export growth from Argentina to the Asian country, with a surplus for Argentina.

Cafiero’s interview with the Bangladeshi foreign minister took place in the framework of the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world and the most densely populated. It is located to the east of India, with which it was a colony of the British Empire. Argentines were able to learn more about this country in recent weeks due to the unexpected furor there for the National Team.

Bilateral trade with Bangladesh

According to official information during 2021, exports to Bangladesh totaled US$ 876 million, which is a historical maximum, with a commercial surplus of US$ 862 million.

The main products exported are soybean oil, flour and pellets from the extraction of soybean oil, corn and wheat, which account for 99% of shipments. Imports were US$ 14 million, mainly clothing items.

As regards bilateral cooperation, it was agreed to advance in the field of space, sports, disaster management and humanitarian aid, and work is being done on an agreement on agriculture that will facilitate the supply of Argentine products and services to meet the needs of Bangladesh in that aspect.

With the reopening of the Embassy and its consular section, it is sought exploit the potential of the bilateral relationship, fundamentally in the commercial aspect that has a wide potential for growth, seeking to diversify trade and the Argentine exportable offer. Likewise, promote cooperation in the field of sports, satellite, humanitarian aid and disaster management.

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