Prime Minister likely to visit Japan in November

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Japan as the two countries celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.

“The Prime Minister will most likely be there at the end of November. The date and details are yet to be finalised,” a Foreign Office official told the Daily Star yesterday.

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An inter-ministerial meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry to discuss projects involving Japanese funds. Japan, a major development partner of Bangladesh, is building some of the country’s major infrastructure, including the metro and the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The metro is expected to be partially open in December and Hasina may invite his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida to visit Bangladesh during this time.

“We want the Japanese prime minister’s visit to take place, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet,” the foreign ministry official said.

Japan, a member of the Quadrilateral Dialogue (QUAD), has its own strategy — Free Open Indo-Pacific. Japan would like Bangladesh to be its preferred partner in achieving this goal.

The other members of QUAD are the United States, Australia and India.

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