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In order to further strengthen the excellent diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Bangladesh, Ambassador Alan L. Deniega called today on Additional Foreign Secretary Asad Alam Siam, who recently returned to Dhaka after his four-year assignment as Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines. The two diplomats discussed the extensive work that has been done bilaterally, which can help pave the way for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between their countries next year. They also extensively talked on potential agreements in the areas of trade, education, and infrastructure, which can be finalized in the near future.

Ambassador Deniega also called today on the Ministry’s Director General (DG) of South East Asia Wing, Mr. Md. Najmul Huda, another accomplished Bangladeshi diplomat, who recently assumed his position. The two officials discussed the pandemic situation, and took up the timing of important in-person bilateral meetings next year. The relations of Bangladesh with Southeast Asian countries were also touched upon. The future direction of relations between the Philippines and Bangladesh was noted as very promising, including in the area of trade, people-to-people exchanges, and development.