UAE Expresses Keen Interest in Elevating Ties with Bangladesh to Partnership Level

Last Updated on March 9, 2024 12:49 pm

In a significant bilateral meeting held at the royal palace in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan conveyed the United Arab Emirates’ strong desire to elevate its relationship with Bangladesh to a partnership level. The meeting, which took place on Friday evening, featured discussions on a wide range of issues, including economic cooperation, investment, and regional concerns.

During the quarter-hour meeting, the UAE Foreign Minister expressed a keen interest in signing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two nations. He also highlighted the importance of activating the Joint Business Council (JBC) with Dhaka to foster a robust economic partnership.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, presented an invitation letter from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the UAE President, inviting him to visit Bangladesh on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Minister Mahmud recalled the historical ties between Bangladesh and the UAE, established by their founding fathers, and praised the UAE’s leadership for its remarkable progress over the past five decades. He also underscored the outstanding achievements of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The discussions encompassed the whole spectrum of existing bilateral cooperation, with a focus on exploring new areas of collaboration. Both ministers emphasized the potential for cooperation in energy security, food security, environment and climate change, renewable energy, people-to-people communication, and increasing bilateral trade.

Foreign Minister Mahmud highlighted the investment potential from the UAE in developing the Matarbari Exclusive Economic Zone, port and logistics management, and the development of land gifted to the founder President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Ibn Sultan Al Nahyan, in Rangunia.

The UAE Foreign Minister expressed interest in advancing ongoing investments in Bangladesh and gave a positive response to requests from Minister Mahmud to simplify the visa process for various professional categories, including graduate nurses, caregivers, healthcare technicians, agriculturists, farmers, and other professionals in the UAE. They also discussed easing the transfer of work permits from one employer to another.

The meeting concluded with discussions on regional issues, including Rohingya repatriation and efforts to end the ongoing Gaza war. Ambassador of Bangladesh to the UAE Md. Abu Zafar and the foreign ministry’s Director General of the West Asia wing Md. Shafiqur Rahman were present at the meeting, signifying the commitment of both nations to strengthen their ties and explore new avenues of cooperation.

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