Dhaka, Thursday, February 22, 2018

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UK Foreign Secretary arrives here today

DHAKA, Feb 9, 2018 (BSS) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in the capital today on a two-day visit aimed at elevating bilateral ties between the two strategic partners.

"The British foreign secretary is arriving in Bangladesh today...it will be a bilateral visit," Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters yesterday, adding that Bangladesh and the United Kingdom (UK) have been enjoying excellent diplomatic ties over the decades.

During his visit, the UK foreign secretary is expected to discuss Rohingya issue and the matters relating to the cargo ban imposed on Bangladesh by the UK government in 2016, a foreign ministry official said.

Besides, he said, the issues related to Brexit and visa will be discussed with importance during this visit.

Boris is expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hold a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali on various issues.

He will also visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar to have first-hand inside on the plight of Rohingya people, who took shelters in Bangladesh fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after August 25, 2017.