BRUSSELS (AFP) – European Union President Herman Van Rompuy held talks Thursday with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and called for tighter cooperation on human rights, terrorism and nuclear issues.
“The cooperation between the EU and Bangladesh is excellent,” Van Rompuy said in a statement after the meeting in Brussels, calling for the two sides to “deepen” their relationship.
“I particularly appreciated Bangladesh’s constructive and proactive role both regionally and on the world stage,” he said.
“As democracies with shared values, I underlined that we would like to work more closely with Bangladesh on issues such as human rights, non proliferation and the fight against terrorism.”
Outside EU headquarters, between 200 and 300 supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party held a protest, some holding signs calling Hasani “dictator” and shouting slogans in their mother tongue.