Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said he had requested his Argentine counterpart Santiago Andrés Cafiero to bring football legend Lionel Messi with him during his upcoming Dhaka visit.
The Argentine foreign minister is expected to open a mission in Dhaka on February 27 during a two-day visit.
Replying to a question, Dr Momen said he told him to bring Lionel Messi with him.
Argentina had “agreed in principle” to open a mission in Dhaka, he said.
“It’ll be a plus for Bangladesh if Argentina opens a mission in Bangladesh,” he said.
Buenos Aires earlier showed interest to open a mission in Dhaka following an overpowering support to the Argentine football team by the Bangladeshis during the world cup.
After Argentina became champion, the foreign minister wrote a letter to his counterpart.
He reiterated Bangladesh's commitment to deepen the existing relations and friendship between the two countries.
“I look forward to working closely to consolidate our mutual priorities and opening of missions in each other's capital in the coming days,” he had said.
The foreign minister hoped that Bangladesh would also open a mission in Argentina in future.
To open a mission, he said, Dhaka considers three things – size of Bangladeshi community to that country, importance of the host country, and flow of remittance into Bangladesh.
“Argentina is a good friend of Bangladesh and always remains supportive. We have a very good relationship with Argentina,” he said.