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2023-06-10 16:42:27 BdST

Italy-Bangladesh Friendship and Cooperation Association Launched at the Italian Senate

In a move to promote and expand bilateral relations, Italy-Bangladesh launched a Friendship and Cooperation Association between the two countries.

To this respect, a signing ceremony of the Memorandum and Articles of Italy-Bangladesh Friendship and Cooperation Association took place at the historic Sala (hall room) “Ex Barberia” at the Italian Senate on Wednesday (June 7).

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen witnessed the signing event, which was attended by, among others, Italian Parliamentarians, eminent citizens, members of Italian Institute for Asia (ISIA), Honorary Consul Generals of Bangladesh in Italy and officers at the Embassy of Bangladesh in Rome.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Md. Shameem Ahsan signed the Memorandum as a President of the Association from Bangladesh side while Marco Lacarra, Member of the Parliamentary Group of Democratic Party of Italy (PD) signed the document as a President from the Italian side, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Rome on Friday (June 9).

Mario Morgoni, President of ISIA assumed the Vice President of the Association and Eng. Domenico Palmieri, Secretary General of ISIA will act as the Director of the Association. Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen warmly congratulated the launching of the Association and wished for its successful and smooth functioning.

While narrating the impressive development journey of Bangladesh in recent years, he said that the leadership of the Association could visit Bangladesh to gain insights and knowledge about the present day Bangladesh which will eventually help chart out its future course of actions to explore new areas of cooperation.

While sincerely thanking ISIA for their initiative and support, Ambassador Shameem Ahsan felt that the launching will go a long way to supplement the government initiative to promote and expand bilateral relations.

Marco Lacarra was deeply appreciative of the remarkable success of Bangladesh and expressed his willingness to work vigorously to strengthen and widen mutual collaboration between Bangladesh and Italy.

It is expected that the Association will help the two friendly countries as well as their peoples to come closer and work together in all aspects especially in the field of economy, culture, sports, people to people contacts etc.

It would also work as a common platform for Bangladesh and Italy at a time when Bangladesh and Italy have just celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic relations. As per statute, the Association will be headed by two Presidents, one Vice President and one Director and eleven members Board.

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