Bangladesh's new foreign minister A K Abdul Momen on Monday said he would visit India on his maiden overseas trip after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government won power for the third consecutive term after the December 30 election.
"My first visit will be to New Delhi," he said in a media interaction as he assumed office.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first leader to congratulate Hasina after her Awami League swept the polls while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj 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.
He said the premier 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 Bangladesh as well.
"My main focus (however) will be to pursue vigorous economic diplomacy with all major countries and particularly the neighbours, said Momen, an economist 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 premier 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.
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