Ambassadors designate of the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to the president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
The envoys were Saed Mohammed Saed Hamid Almheiri from the UAE and Abdul Qayoom Malikzad of Afghanistan.
Welcoming the ambassadors, the president assured them of overall cooperation in discharging their duties and hoped that they would play their due roles in strengthening bilateral relations between Bangladesh and their respective countries.
President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meetings.
President Abdul Hamid said that the relationship between Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates had reached to a multilateral level which was initiated with the visit of the Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974.
He said that UAE was one of the most influential development partners. There was a bright possibility of the investment and business between the two countries. He emphasized on the exchange of government and private visit as well as initiatives to further liberalise, streamline the ease of visa.
Mentioning the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to the UAE in 2015, he said that the visit had opened up the new horizons in the relationship between the respective countries. He also called for the increased investment in Bangladesh.
Terming the opening up of labour market in THE UAE as remarkable, the head of the state said THAT the workers of the Bangladesh were playing a vital role of boosting the economy of the UAE and Bangladesh.
Ambassador Saed Mohammed Saed Hamid Almheiri of the UAE said that they always gave importance on the development of the relationship between the two countries.
The president also welcomed the ambassador of Abdul Qayoom Malikzad of Afghanistan upon his arrival around 4:30pm.
After welcoming the ambassador of Afghanistan, Abdul Hamid said that Afghanistan’s relationship with Bangladesh was very traditional. Afghanistan had enough scope to expand trade and investment relations with Bangladesh. Bangladesh already exported various products including medicines to the country.
The ambassador praised the development of Bangladesh, especially in education, women empowerment, launch of Satellite Bangabandhu-1, the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite.
Secretaries concerned to the president were also present at the meeting.
Earlier, on their arrival at the Bangabhaban, the envoys were given guards of honour separately by a contingent of the President Guard Regiment.
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