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50 years of Bangladesh-Bulgaria ties

Dhaka proposes naming a road in Sofia after Bangabandhu

Published : 11 May 2022 09:38 PM | Updated : 12 May 2022 02:01 PM

The proposal of naming a street in Sofia after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a road in Dhaka after the forefather of the Bulgarian National Revival, St. Paisiy Hilendarski has been discussed and both side agreed, in principle, to work on that, the foreign ministry said.  

This was discussed when Bulgarian Ambassador Eleonora Dimitrova called on Foreign Minister Dr A.K. Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

Bangladesh and Bulgaria will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries this year, the foreign ministry said. 

The two countries established diplomatic relations on 26 January 1972. On this historic occasion, Bangladesh and Bulgaria have decided to take up a number of initiatives to further strengthen bilateral partnership.

During the meeting, the foreign ministry said the issue of celebrating the ties with various initiatives was discussed along with other issues of common interest.

Foreign Minister and the Bulgarian Ambassador recalled the official visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Sofia in May 2016 to attend the Global Women Leaders Forum and her meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Bulgaria. 

Foreign Minister Momen appreciated Bulgarian support in various regional and in international forums and sought their support for Bangladesh’s candidature to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2023-25.

Bulgarian Ambassador expressed willingness to employ Bangladeshi workers especially in the garments sector in Bulgaria. Foreign Minister Momen appreciated the initiative. 

Foreign Minister Momen emphasised on regular exchange of business delegation between the two countries and highlighting the excellent opportunities in Bangladesh, he requested the Ambassador of Bulgaria to encourage Bulgarian investors to invest in Bangladesh. Bulgarian Ambassador requested that Bangladesh can consider importing edible oil (sunflower oil), corn, etc. from Bulgaria.