Current and former diplomats have suggested short term and long term plans to effectively overcome challenges in the current and post-COVID-19 era.
In a virtual meeting, they emphasised taking bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives considering geopolitical reality.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen presided over the meeting hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen joined from the MoFA.
Among former foreign secretaries and ambassadors, M R Osmani, Farooq Sobhan, CM Shafi Sammi, Shomsher Mobin Chowdhury, AKM Atiqur Rahman, M Shahidul Haque, M Abdul Mannan, M Humayun Kabir and Mohsin Ali Khan joined, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They discussed possible adverse impact of COVID-19 on Bangladesh and ways to overcome them.
The foreign affairs experts appreciated the government initiative in strengthening bilateral and regional ties with India, China, USA, and the European Union.
They sought initiative so that Bangladesh continues to enjoy duty and quota free market access after coming out the from the list of least developed countries.
The experts appreciated recent quota free market access to China.
Dr Momen said the recommendations that came from the discussion will be considered with due importance in various activities of the MoFA.
He said such discussions will continue in the coming days.