Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his
United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan have
discussed the expected visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the oil rich
The two foreign ministers reviewed the bilateral relations between Dhaka
and Abu Dhabi ahead of the Bangladesh premier’s visit at a meeting held in
Dubai on Sunday, a foreign ministry press release said here this morning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit UAE in March at the
invitation of the Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.
During the meeting, both the foreign ministers recalled the existing
excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and underlined the
need for working together in all areas of cooperation for the mutual benefits
of the two peoples.
They highlighted mutual commitment to deeper political engagement,
cooperation in trade, commerce, investment and economic areas, enhanced air
and maritime connectivity especially establishing direct shipping links
between the two countries’ sea ports and introducing direct cargo flights to
maintain seamless and uninterrupted supply chains.
Both the ministers also agreed to explore new contours of collaboration in
the field of agriculture and food security, culture, cooperation in the field
of science, innovation and technology with focus on ICT, IoT and
digitalization to elevate the relationship to a comprehensive partnership.
Dr. Momen briefed the UAE foreign minister of the situation arising out of
the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals currently sheltered in Bangladesh
and sought continued cooperation and support of the UAE for an early
resolution of the crisis.
The Bangladesh foreign minister congratulated the UAE leadership and
people on their 50th anniversary of their nationhood while appreciating the
spectacular achievements during last five decades.
In this regard, the two foreign ministers agreed to organize some special
events to mark the twin golden jubilee of nationhood of Bangladesh and UAE.
Dr. Momen led a 7-member delegation to the UAE on a bilateral visit on
During his stay in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Momen also met Director General, IRENA
and attended several programs as chief guests including Bangladesh Business
Council meeting in Dubai and seminar organized at Dubai EXPO 2020 by
Bangladesh Tourism Board, seminar at Emirates Centre for strategic Studies
and Research, in Abu Dhabi.
He also inaugurated the Bangabandhu Corner at Bangladesh Consulate, Dubai
and visited a Skill Development Centre for Bangladeshi workers in Dubai.