DCAB Talk with Australian High Commissioner

November 5, 2021

Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer attended the “DCAB Talk” held virtually on September 16, 2021 which was organized by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB). Issues related to bilateral relations, Quad (Australia, India, Japan and the US), China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) and Rohingya crisis came up at the event. High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer said his country greatly respects independent foreign policy of Bangladesh towards its engagement in various global initiatives noting that Australia never asks anybody to make a choice. “We welcome that approach. We respect greatly Bangladesh’s independent Foreign Policy approach. We would never ask anybody to make a choice,” he said recalling the foreign policy established by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Friendship to all, malice to none. The envoy said Australia has previously benefited from China’s economic growth and hopes that all countries of the region can do the same. Asked about the kind of security cooperation Australia is seeking from Bangladesh, Bruer said Australia and Bangladesh share vast sea resources and would work together to harness the possibilities. DCAB President Pantho Rahaman and its General Secretary AKM Moinuddin also spoke at the DCAB Talk