Dhaka, 29 July 2022 :
The 2nd Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) Meeting between Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was held in a hotel at Cox’s Bazar yesterday. Senior Secretary of Foreign Ministry Masud Bin Momen led the Bangladesh delegation while the UAE delegation was led by H.E. Dr. Abdul Nasser Jamal Al Shaali, Assistant Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs of UAE. The meeting was held in a cordial environment.
During the meeting, the two delegations took stock and reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation.
The issues that came up for discussion covered enhanced commerce and trade, increased investment from the UAE side in the exclusive economic zones, human resource development, people to people contact, visa facilitation/ waiver for diplomats/ officials between the countries, collaboration on food security, energy and power, civil aviation, blue economy, climate change, etc.
Both sides expressed their resolve to further consolidate the existing bond of friendship and to take them to new heights. The two sides also touched on roadmap for future cooperation agenda, including high-level visits to mark the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh-UAE Diplomatic Relations in 2024. The two delegations also took notes of and exchanged views on developments in the regional and global arena.
Foreign secretary apprised the UAE Assistant Minister of Bangladesh’s remarkable progress in socio-economic sectors, robust economic growth as well as agricultural advancement in achieving food security.
The UAE Assistant Minister highly appreciated Bangladesh’s significant economic growth and congratulated the country’s leadership for the completion of the Padma Bridge at domestic finance. The UAE delegation leader expressed solidarity with the Bangladesh side for a durable and rapid solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.
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