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Bangladesh, Malaysia hold first bilateral consultations

  • Published at 01:46 pm May 17th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:58 pm May 17th, 2017
Bangladesh, Malaysia hold first bilateral consultations
Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dato' Ramlan Ibrahim met with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday at the minister’s office. Ibrahim is visiting Bangladesh for the first bilateral consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Malaysia and Bangladesh, a Foreign Ministry press release said. During the meeting, he briefed foreign minister on the outcome of the bilateral consultations held on Tuesday. Terming Malaysia as one of Bangladesh's trusted friends, the Bangladeshi foreign minister pointed out the excellent understanding and goodwill prevailing among the highest political level of the two countries. He highlighted the pool of goodwill, existing between the two countries, should be utilised in more trade and investment for the economic benefit of both the nations. Both sides expressed satisfaction on the ongoing recruitment process of Bangladeshi workforce in Malaysia under “G to G Plus” mechanism. Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali stressed on the need for maintaining transparency in the system. He requested Malaysia to continue recruiting more workforce from Bangladesh. Dato' Ramlan Ibrahim indicated that they would continue to recruit more workforce from Bangladesh and would open up new areas such as mining for Bangladeshi workers. He expressed Malaysia’s readiness to engage in discussion on the possibility of establishing Free Trade Area (FTA) between the two countries. The Foreign Minister agreed to give it due consideration. Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali highlighted the advantages of investing in the Special Economic Zones being established by the government all over the country and encouraged Malaysian investors to come forward to invest there. The Malaysian side showed interest and indicated they would communicate this to their businessmen and investors. Dato' Ramlan Ibrahim informed the foreign minister that Malaysia has been offering training to civilians and law enforcers from Bangladesh and would continue this. Both sides agreed to ease visa process for businessmen and agreed to take appropriate measures.