Staff Correspondent in Dhaka,
Dhaka and Budapest have agreed for bilateral cooperation on nuclear energy as Bangladesh working on developing its plants to produce electricity from atomic energy.
The agreement came at a meeting between Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto, who is in Dhaka on a short visit.
The two foreign ministers also signed two instruments on the nuclear energy cooperation and training for diplomats on behalf of their respective countries after their official talks.
“We agreed on a wide-ranging cooperation on educating and training nuclear engineers and nuclear experts (of Bangladesh),” Szijjarto said at a news conference.
Hungary first installed the nuclear power plant in 1980. The European is currently installing its second power plant by Russian support.
Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy between the countries would mutually benefit both of them since Bangladesh and Hungary source their technology from Russia, said Abdul Momen.
“Our nuclear power plant is built by the same company that had also built (nuclear power plant) there (in Hungary),” he said adding that Hungary has 40 years of expertise in this particular filed.
In response, the Hungarian foreign minister said: “We have the similar type of reactor, similar kind of structure … so this is the chance to cooperate in the field of training for nuclear engineers,” Szijjarto added.
He said his government decided to open a consulate office in Dhaka by January next as there is no Hungarian permanent mission in Bangladesh.
Szijjarto said Hungary supports Bangladesh’s position on Rohingya refugees and said it is necessary to create a better circumstance so that every person in the world can have a secure life in his or her home.
“We have to promote repatriation and we have to promote return of the displaced citizens (from Myanmar),” he said.