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Qatar Emir due today

Dhaka-Doha likely to ink 11 instruments


Published : 21 Apr 2024 10:54 PM | Updated : 21 Apr 2024 10:57 PM

Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is scheduled to arrive Dhaka today evening on a two-day official visit.

During the Qatar Amir’s Dhaka visit, 11 bilateral instruments, including six agreements and five Memorandum of Understandings (MoU), are likely to be signed on Sunday, said Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud. 

“We expect that this high-level visit will elevate the friendly bilateral ties between Bangladesh and Qatar to new height”, he said.

Hasan was speaking at the curtain raiser press conference at his ministry marking the state visit of Qatar Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Bangladesh from April 22 to 23.

This is the first high-level state visit from the Middle-East countries after the formation of this government in January last led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The six agreements are - the agreement on avoidance of double taxation and fiscal evasion, cooperation in legal matters, sea carriage, mutual investment promotion and protection, exchange of sentenced personnel and formation of a joint business council.

Five MoUs are— MoUs on manpower, port management, higher education and scientific research, cooperation in youth and sports, and cooperation in diplomatic training.

The foreign minister said the bilateral relations between the two countries have reached a strong position through the visit of the Prime Minister to Qatar twice in March and May last year and in continuation of this, the Qatar Amir will visit Bangladesh.

During the Amir’s visit, Hasan said there will be a discussion regarding the purchase of fuel from Qatar.

“This visit will play an important role in the energy mix and energy security of Bangladesh,” he added.

He also said Bangladesh is seeking increased Qatari investment here and investors will be given land in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of Bangladesh if they are interested.

Dhaka will also call on Qatar for importing leather goods and pharmaceutical products along with Ready Made Garments (RMG) from Bangladesh, he continued.

The foreign minister said Dhaka will also urge to recruit more Bangladeshi manpower in Qatar that currently hosts four lakh expatriate Bangladeshis.

He said the current situation in Middle East and crime against humanity in Gaza committing by Israel are also likely to be discussed.

Bangladesh is intending to expand bilateral cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment, employment opportunities, energy, aviation, agriculture, food security, and climate change with Qatar, he added.

Hasan said the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Qatar are very deep, friendly and multifaceted.

The State of Qatar was one of the Muslim countries that recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign state in 1974, during the government of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh has completed all necessary preparations to welcome the Qatar’s Amir.

This high-level visit from Qatar to Bangladesh is taking place, nearly 19 years after the last tour of the then Amir of the country Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani in 2005.

Ahead of the visit, many capital’s streets are decorated with the portraits of Qatar Emir, along with Bangladesh’s President and Prime Minister.

The Amir is scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon by a special flight.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin will receive the Amir amid gun salute and a wider ceremony at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive the Qatari Amir at her office on Tuesday morning,

The two leaders will witness the signing ceremony of cooperation documents and join a joint press meet.

After signing the visitors’ book there, the Amir will head for Bangabhaban where the president will receive him.

President Shahabuddin will host an official lunch in honour of the Amir of Qatar at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall.

Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud will also have a courtesy meeting with the Amir.

A road and a park in the capital will be named after the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The Amir will inaugurate the park in the Kalshi area of Mirpur under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and a road running from Mirpur ECB Chattar to Kalshi Flyover.

The Amir will have a private meeting with the selected business community members at his place of residence.

He is scheduled to depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a special flight at 6 pm on Tuesday.

The foreign minister will see him off at the HSIA.

// Qatar Amir arrives tomorrow on two-day visit

Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani will arrive here tomorrow evening on a two-day official visit.

“A special aircraft, carrying the Amir of Qatar and his entourage members, is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal (R.) International Airport (HISA) at 5 pm tomorrow,” President’s Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told BSS today.

At the invitation of Bangladesh President Mohamamed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Amir of Qatar will visit Bangladesh from April 22 to 23.

President Shahabuddin will welcome the Amir through a state ceremony.

This is the first high-level state visit of a leader of any Middle East country after the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office on January, 2024.

After the ceremony at the airport, the Amir of Qatar will go to the Le Méridien Hotel along with his entourages.

Later in the morning of April 23, Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud will pay a courtesy call on the Amir of Qatar.

Then the Amir of Qatar will have a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Shimul room of the prime minister’s office. They will have tete-a-tete (one-to-one) meeting too.

 Six agreements and five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) are likely to be signed between the two countries during the Dhaka visit.

The agreements are: avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion, cooperation in legal matters, maritime transport, mutual investment development and protection, transfer of convicted persons and establishment of a joint business council.

Apart from these, five memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including those on labor force, higher education and scientific research, and cooperation in diplomatic training are likely to be signed during the visit.

President Shahabuddin will host a lunch in honor of the Amir of Qatar at Durbar Hall of the Bangabhaban.

The Amir is scheduled to fly for Qatar by a special aircraft in the evening.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister will see him off at the HISA.