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Qatar Emir to visit Bangladesh after WC football

Published : 25 Oct 2022 09:46 PM | Updated : 26 Oct 2022 05:16 PM

The Emir of Qatar has accepted the invitation from the President of Bangladesh to undertake a visit to Dhaka after the FIFA World Cup Tournament.

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Bangladesh Seraya Ali Mahdi Saeed Al Qahtani handed over the official acceptance letter from Qatari Emir to the Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday for onward transmission to the President, the foreign ministry said.

The ambassador also said that the Emir of Qatar is “very keen” on developing the bilateral relations to “new heights”.

Recalling his old memories in Qatar and with Qatari leadership, the Foreign Minister appreciated the socio-economic developments that took place in Qatar during the last two decades and Qatar's rapid progress in transforming itself to a modern, developed and forward-looking country.

The Minister also expressed gratitude to Qatar for hosting a large number of our nationals in Qatar who have been contributing to the socio-economic development of the two countries.

He stated that the Bangladesh Government has set up 100 Special Economic Zones where Qatari investors could invest and urged the Ambassador to explore the opportunity to invest in various sectors including the LNG and Power sector.

In reply, the Envoy commended Bangladesh's quest for development and peace in its strides for economic emancipation under the capable and courageous leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Foreign Minister also appreciated the Qatari leadership for the country's smart preparedness in hosting the World Cup Tournament in Doha in November this year.

He expressed hope that the two countries would engage efforts in making the upcoming high level visit successful. The Envoy conveyed his eagerness to work more closely with the Bangladesh side in the coming days. He handed over a replica of the FIFA World Cup to the Foreign Minister.

During the courtesy call on, the Foreign Minister exchanged views on various bilateral issues of mutual interests.

He expressed satisfaction at the state of excellent bilateral engagements between Bangladesh and Qatar in various fields including political, economic, defense, manpower and trade. He thanked Qatar for hosting the Second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in Doha last month.

He said the FOC took up for discussion many pertinent issues of Bangladesh’s interests including recruitment of manpower including doctors, nurses, engineers, and technicians to Qatar, enhancing the current 'quota of supply' of LNG to Bangladesh, Bangladesh's willingness to contribute to Qatar's food security through direct supply of food grains and agro-products, enhancing bilateral trade and Qatari investment in SEZs and Hi-tech Parks of Bangladesh and a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

 The Qatari Ambassador responded that the Qatar side was satisfied with the outcome of the FOC and both sides were working on the arrangement of the exchange of high-level visits between the two countries' leadership.

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