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Bangladesh's new foreign minister to visit India in maiden overseas tour

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Bangladesh's new A K on Monday said he would visit on his maiden overseas trip after Sheikh Hasina's won power for the third consecutive term after the December 30 election.

"My first visit will be to New Delhi," he said in a as he assumed office.

Momen, however, said no date was fixed for his planned visit but said he preferred to go there first since "is our neighbour. We have warm relations. They invited me".

was the first leader to congratulate after her swept the polls while also sent a congratulatory message to her new counterpart.

Momen said he was yet to decide his priorities but referred to the Rohingya crisis as a "major issue" of concern.

Talking to PTI soon after his induction in the Cabinet last week Momen said would cultivate more effective ties with India and and pursue vigorous economic diplomacy.

He said the directed him to intensify cooperation with neighbours on the basis of "solid partnership" while the foreign office would act as a partner of other concerned ministries to draw more foreign investments in as well.

"My main focus (however) will be to pursue vigorous economic diplomacy with all major countries and particularly the neighbours, said Momen, an by background.

He said his office would effectively do its part to elevate the country's status as a higher middle income nation by 2021 as envisaged by the and attract required foreign assistance in implementing the government's ambitious development plans.

Momen said his office would try to engage expatriate Bangladeshis in the foreign affairs as part of the "economic diplomacy" since "many of them are in good positions abroad".

Momen preferred to call the Rohingya crisis until now an economic issue" but feared it could affect regional stability unless addressed through concerted efforts by all including nations in the neighbourhood.

"The issue needs to be solved as soon as possible, otherwise it would affect stability of the entire region," he said.

Momen is a new face in the ruling but he previously served as Bangladesh's at the UN with and to and

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:55 IST