The Embassy of Denmark, Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Embassy of Sweden met with Honorable Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina and Honorable Speaker of Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to commemorate 50 years of bilateral relations between the Nordic countries and Bangladesh.
The Nordic ambassadors in Dhaka – the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Ms. Winnie Estrup Petersen, the Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Mr. Espen Rikter-Svendsen, and the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Ms. Alex Berg von Linde – met with Honorable Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina and Honorable Speaker of Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Auspiciously the meetings took place on 23 March, when “Nordic Day” is celebrated globally. The purpose of the meetings was to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between the three Nordic countries and Bangladesh. The Nordic countries were among the first to recognize Bangladesh, on 4 February 1972.
The meetings highlighted both the long history and steadfast friendship between the countries, as well as the partnership going forward. During the meetings, the Ambassadors emphasized the importance the Nordic countries attach to sustainability, gender equality, and human rights.
They also discussed the importance of participatory democracy and the role of free and fair elections for the development of Bangladesh.
The Nordic countries and Bangladesh share a commitment to multilateralism, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda and tackling global challenges such as climate change. The discussions included top priorities such as freedom of expression and women’s empowerment.
The Nordic Ambassadors also raised their deep concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Ukraine, caused by Russia’s aggression.
The Nordics have been steadfast supporters of Bangladesh since independence. Initially, the support was primarily through humanitarian aid. The engagement then moved into development cooperation, which has created a long-lasting impact and helped foster strong and sustainable economic growth in Bangladesh.
Recent years have seen an increasing focus on expanding trade and business relations. The scope for increased commercial interaction between the Nordic countries and Bangladesh was underlined during the meetings, as well as the added value of the Nordic companies in areas such as sustainability, the green transition, smart cities, urbanization, and digitalization.
During the meetings, the strong bilateral relationship between each respective Nordic country and Bangladesh was reaffirmed.