Laying emphasis on expanding the areas of cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought Russian investment in Bangladesh's jute sector, reports UNB.
Sheikh Hasina said this when newly-appointed Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said both sides agreed to explore potential in Bangladesh's agriculture sector and expand cooperation in other areas.
Hasina highly appreciated Russia's cooperation with Bangladesh in its various sectors, particularly the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
She recalled the cooperation and assistance of the then Soviet Union during the Liberation War of Bangladesh and after its independence.
The Prime Minister mentioned that many students had studied in Russia, especially in its medical colleges, and said those who had helped Bangladesh during its trying time have special places in the hearts of the people of this country.
She also said Bangladesh would be happy to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin here if he visits Bangladesh.
Alexander Mantytskiy said he had been in Dhaka 20 years back and now found Bangladesh's present development massive and remarkable.
Mantytskiy also expressed his country's interest in building the second nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on completion of the Rooppur Power Plant.
Talking about various agreements between the two countries, he said those had to be updated, and put emphasis on strengthening cooperation in the defence sector.
Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin and Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present at the meeting.