Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has expressed this hope that Dhaka-Tokyo relationship will get closer . He said that an excellent bilateral relation between Japan and Bangladesh exists . He said that efforts will be taken to further strengthen the relationship. In a meeting with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Mr Koizumi said that Japan is proud to be a partner in the development of Bangladesh. Khaleda Zia and Junichuri Koizumi held a formal meeting at the latter’s residence. The meeting lasted for fifty minutes and the leaders frankly exchanged their views on various matters. Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Hemayetuddin called this meeting a success and said that the two leaders discussed everything in a “positive manner”.