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Karzai praises Bangladesh's Afghanistan rebuilding role

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, now in New York for attending the 62nd UN General Assembly session, meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday at the UN headquarters. Photo: PID

Bangladesh and Afghanistan have decided to set up a bilateral mechanism between the foreign ministers of the two countries to follow up the progress of cooperation with a view to expanding and deepening it.

The decision came when Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai had bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at UN headquarters on Monday

During the meeting, President Karzai praised Bangladesh's contribution to rebuilding the war-ravaged Afghanistan.

The chief adviser expressed the hope that the abducted Bangladeshi Brac worker Nurul Islam would be released soon.

He thanked the Afghan authorities for the efforts they have been making in rescuing the abducted Brac worker.

Responding to the chief adviser, President Karzai assured him that the Afghan government would do everything possible in this respect.

Appreciating the work of Bangladeshi people in his country, Karzai hoped that Bangladeshis would continue their good work in Afghanistan.

He said they would welcome Bangladeshi expertise in different development and administrative sectors.

Karzai lauded the reform measures taken by the caretaker government, saying that he has been following the reforms closely and found those "truly praiseworthy".

Fakhruddin assured Karzai that Bangladesh would share all her experiences with the Afghan brethren.

"I have a special fondness for Bangladesh, and I promise I will visit you soon," the Afghan president told the chief adviser.

Chief Adviser's Press Secretary Syed Fahim Munaim, who was present at the meeting, briefed newsmen about the outcome of the bilateral meeting.

Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Cabinet Secretary Ali Imam Majumder and Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the UN Ismat Jahan were present from Bangladesh side during the meeting while Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and other high officials were present from Afghan side.

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