DHAKA, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh and Belarus Tuesday issued a joint press statement following prime minister Mikhail Myasnikovich's visit to Dhaka, pledging to upgrade their bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in various areas.
Myasnikovich, who arrived here Sunday on the second leg of his three-nation tour, held official talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday on wide ranging issues of mutual interest. Following the talks, seven agreements and five memorandum of understandings were signed on cooperation in industry, agriculture, science and technology, education, etc.
Both leaders noted that despite bilateral contacts over the past two decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the potential of cooperation in a number of critical areas such as agriculture, industrial manufacturing, science and technology, higher education, skills development remains untapped, said the statement.
It was understood that a comprehensive legal basis would promote the dynamic development of relations between the two countries, said the statement.
According to the statement, both sides agreed that mutually beneficial cooperative endeavors could be shaped up through greater and regular interaction among the various stakeholders namely governments, civil society, private sector.
The two leaders expressed the hope that such wider collaboration could contribute to the strengthening of the political aspects of overall bilateral relations, it said.
The two sides agreed to focus on engagements between the two countries in deepening knowledge-based collaboration, said the statement, adding Bangladesh particularly welcomed Belarus' offer of collaboration in agro and industrial manufacturing, science- based initiatives, education, particularly scientific and technology based.
Both prime ministers also affirmed that the progress on the development of industrial cooperation between the two countries could be a promising area of bilateral collaboration, it said.
In that context, the ministries/authorities/enterprises concerned from Bangladesh and Belarus would study the possibility of setting-up assembly lines for Belarusian tractors and other agricultural machinery/equipments, potato processing plant(s), milk processing plant(s) in Bangladesh.
It said the two countries discussed the prospects and ways of deepening economic relations between the two countries and agreed to consider the opportunities of exporting clothing, jute yarn, tobacco, fish and other marine products from Bangladesh to Belarus.
This is the first official visit to Bangladesh by a Belarus prime minister since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1991. The Belarus prime minister called on the Bangladeshi President Zillur Rahman before leaving Dhaka on Tuesday evening for India.