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UAE hints to reopen labour market for Bangladeshi workers

UAE also expresses willingness to import rice from Bangladesh

Update : 17 Nov 2019, 10:27 PM

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has hinted reopening its labour market for Bangladeshi workers after a ban of five years.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan gave the hint while paying a courtesy call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dubai on Sunday.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019, at the Dubai World Central (DWC), reports BSS.

Hinting to reopen the labour market for Bangladeshi workers soon, the crown prince told the Bangladesh Prime Minister: "You (Sheikh Hasina) will not ask the same question when you will pay your next visit to the UAE."

He also hinted to give more work permit visas for Bangladeshi workers.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told the reporters after the meeting.

During the meeting, the crown prince also expressed his willingness to import rice from Bangladesh.

In reply, Sheikh Hasina said: "Bangladesh is a surplus rice producing country. Bangladesh is producing different varieties of rice. We are also exporting rice to different countries."

The crown prince said that his country will send a delegation to Bangladesh to see different varieties of rice as they have to import the best quality rice from Bangladesh.

During the meeting, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen was present.

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