Tuesday 27, September 2022

FM seeks India's advice on Russian oil purchase

News Desk: Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Monday said that he sought advices from his Indian counterpart on how New Delhi was purchasing oil from Russia amid Ukraine crisis as Bangladesh was an energy dependent country.

‘Russia offered us energy and wheat. It has become a real problem (energy demand). We sought their (India) suggestions on how they are doing it,’ he told reporters while speaking about his meeting with Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar.

Momen arrived in New Delhi Sunday night after attending the two day NADI Conclave with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in Guwahati.

‘We didn’t hold any formal bilateral meeting with him (Jaishankar) but we discussed on many issues in friendly manner,’ he said.

During the talk, the foreign minister said that he suggested his Indian counterpart to strengthen the cooperation between the regional countries to develop own immunity against any western crisis.

The foreign minister said that Bangladesh would get affected if there was instability in the USA and Europe as these were big export markets while the country’s remittance earning would be affected if there was tension in the Middle East.

‘We are very inter dependent. It is good for all to end the war as soon as possible,’ he added.

Momen said that Bangladesh was a peace loving country and it always wants to see stability across the world.

He also said that Bangladesh was a big promoter of multilateralism.

The foreign minister also criticised some countries, without naming them, claiming that they were in a way impeding Bangladesh’s development.

‘We used to call them as development partners. They don’t pay for the development but keep giving advices,’ he said, adding that such attitude is not acceptable.


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