Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday congratulated Australian Labor Party leader Anthony Norman Albanese on his party’s victory in the federal elections.
She said the victory manifested the Australian people’s confidence in the party under Anthony Norman Albanese’s stewardship to lead the country towards inclusiveness, peace, and prosperity.
She recalled with gratitude Australia’s bipartisan support towards Bangladesh’s independence and generous assistance since establishing diplomatic relations.
“Our relations have deepened, and the ties have become more robust with time through increasing cooperation in diverse areas of trade, economy, culture, and education. We have immense potential for cooperation in clean energy, maritime security, ocean governance, and blue economy,” she said.
She stated that two countries have observed 50 years of their friendship.
“We shall explore newer areas of mutual interests, complementarities, and interdependence so that our relations may elevate to that of the key partnership. Together, we can promote peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region and protect rules-based international order.”
She hoped that the new Australian Prime Minister will visit Bangladesh at earliest convenience to appreciate the strengths of a resurgent Bangladesh as the second Australian Prime Minister after Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who visited Bangladesh way back in 1975.
“Such a high-level interaction will further cement the existing bonds of our friendship and help forge a common understanding of matters of bilateral interests and contemporary regional and global issues.”