Singapore and Bangladesh reaffirm warm bilateral relations, discuss ways to deepen engagement

Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman visiting a madrasah in Dhaka, during his trip to Bangladesh.
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman visiting a madrasah in Dhaka, during his trip to Bangladesh.PHOTO: MFA
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman speaking with the Defence and Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mr Tarique Ahmed Siddique.
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman speaking with the Defence and Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mr Tarique Ahmed Siddique.PHOTO: MFA
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman presenting a gift to Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam.
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman presenting a gift to Bangladesh's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam.PHOTO: MFA
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman (second left) with Bangladesh's Minister for Culture Asaduzzaman Noor (second right) and senior SIA staff at the airline's celebration of 30 years of operation in Bangladesh.
Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman (second left) with Bangladesh's Minister for Culture Asaduzzaman Noor (second right) and senior SIA staff at the airline's celebration of 30 years of operation in Bangladesh.PHOTO: MFA

SINGAPORE -Singapore and Bangladesh have reaffirmed their warm bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen engagement and exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 27).

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman visited Dhaka from Monday to Wednesday (Oct 24-26) the MFA said.

During the visit, Dr Maliki called on Bangladesh's Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

"Both sides reaffirmed the warm and friendly relations between Singapore and Bangladesh, and exchanged views on developments in Bangladesh and the importance of working together to tackle the common threat of terrorism," the statement said.

Dr Maliki also met and was hosted to lunch by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, with the two ministers discussing ways to "deepen bilateral engagement and strengthen people-to-people exchanges".

He also met with State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and discussed possible areas of economic cooperation in the power and renewable energy sectors.

Dr Maliki also held a meeting with Defence & Security Adviser to the Prime Minister Tarique Ahmed Siddique, where they discussed issues related to security, terrorism and radicalisation.

During the trip, Dr Maliki visited a local madrasah and exchanged views with Islamic scholars on various community engagement strategies to counter the spread of radical ideas.

He also celebrated Singapore Airlines' 30th anniversary of operations in Bangladesh together with Minister for Culture Asaduzzaman Noor.