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Dhaka invites Justin Trudeau to visit in September

Published : 28 Feb 2023 02:04 AM | Updated : 28 Feb 2023 12:35 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday invited Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to pay a bilateral visit in Bangladesh in September this year.

"We have invited him as he will visit India in September to join the G20 summit, if he manages to come here that time it will be a plus plus," Dr Momen said after holding a meeting with visiting Canadian minister for International Development Harjit S. Sajjan.

After the meeting, there was a joint press briefing at the state guest house Padma.

“Canadian PM visited Bangladesh when he was a kid ... now he has become a household name in Bangladesh,” he said, referring to Trudeau's huge popularity among the country's mass people.

 Trudeau visited Bangladesh as a child in 1983 with his father Pierre Trudeau, who was the then Prime Minister of Canada.

 Regarding the invitation, Harjit S. Sajjan said he would personally convey Dhaka's invitation to his Prime Minister.

 "One thing I do know is that he (Trudeau) does remember and is very fond of his time when he travelled with his father (in Bangladesh) and he always shares his stories. So, if the opportunity does come, I know how much he would really welcome to come here," said the Canadian minister.

In March, 2021, Trudeau recalled his first visit to Bangladesh as a child in a video message marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th anniversary of the country's Independence.

"That time my father and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had already forged a strong relationship -- one that was rooted in Canada's early support for an independent Bangladesh," the Canadian premier said in the video message.

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