Foreign Minister leaves Dhaka to visit three European countries

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen began his trip on Sunday, August 29, to visit three European countries with the aim of strengthening cooperation to address the challenges of Covid-19, climate change and migrants.

It will hold the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs) regional review meeting on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the LDC conference to be held in Doha in January next year.

Bangladesh, as LDC co-chair, has negotiated in multilateral forums for various privileges, according to the Foreign Ministry.

He will hold meetings with the Directors General of six multilateral organizations – the World Health Organization, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United Nations Human Rights Council, the International Organization for Migration and the International Labor Organization.

The minister is also expected to have a bilateral meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis.

After his visit to Switzerland, Foreign Minister Momen will travel to the United Kingdom where he will hold a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart Dominic Raab.

He will also meet with COP26 President Alok Sharma to discuss climate change ahead of COP26 to be held November 1-12 in Glasgow under the UK Presidency.

After the UK visit, Momen will fly to the Netherlands to attend the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) governing body meeting. Bangladesh, as host of the regional SCM center, participates in the meeting prior to COP26.

Momen will return to Bangladesh on September 8.

Dhaka / Hassan / AKA

Joan J. Holland