Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  

Enhance visit programme for mutual benefit
President tells Chinese military team

President Iajuddin Ahmed stressed the need for enhancing the visit, training and technical cooperation programmes concerning the armed forces of Bangladesh and China to the mutual benefit.

He made the suggestion when a 12-member visiting delegation led by General Chen Bingde, member of the Central Military Commission of China, called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday.

The Bangladesh leader hoped that this kind of interaction would help increase professional skill of the forces.

Welcoming the delegation, the president exchanged pleasantries with them and expressed satisfaction at their visit to Bangladesh. "As a friendly country, Bangladesh attaches great importance to its bilateral relations with China," he told them.

He said the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China are excellent and it would be further strengthened and deepened in the days to come. The President wished the delegation a pleasant stay in Bangladesh.

He also informed the delegation about a huge trade gap prevailing between the two countries, which is against Bangladesh. He said the gap should be narrowed down for the interest of Bangladesh.

The delegation apprised the president of the vision of their visit to Bangladesh as well as the activities of the Central Military Commission of China.

The delegation told the president that their government would provide all kinds of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two friendly countries.

The Chinese Military Commission team hoped the existing relations between the two countries would be further strengthened and consolidated in the days to come.

Iajuddin invited, through the delegation, both the president and the prime minister of China to visit Bangladesh at their convenience.

Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Zheng Qingdian, Military Secretary to the President Major General Mohammad Aminul Karim, Secretary to the President's Office Mohammad Sirajul Islam and concerned officials of both the countries were present on the occasion.