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Saudi prince wants to be Bangladesh’s development partner

  • Published at 07:18 pm October 18th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, deputy prime minister and defence minister Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in a meeting at the royal palace in Riyadh on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 PID

During his meeting with Sheikh Hasina, Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also focused on trade, investment and defence sectors

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and said that he wants to be a part of that development.

“I’m aware of the stunning development that took place in Bangladesh at recent time and I want to be a part of that uplift,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the Saudi prince as saying while briefing reporters after a meeting between Al Saud and Hasina in Riyadh on Wednesday, reports BSS.

Shahidul said Al Saud also asked Saudi officials to go to Bangladesh and send experts as well to find out what is happening there.

“Then we will take decision in which sectors Bangladesh needs investment,” said Al Saud, who is also the kingdom’s deputy prime minister and defence minister.

The foreign secretary said the meeting was held in a very warm and cordial environment at the Royal Palace Wednesday night. “He (Al Saud) was very lively at the meeting that lasted for nearly 30 minutes.”

When the prime minister invited the crown prince to visit Bangladesh, he warmly accepted the invitation, saying: “I will visit Bangladesh soon.”

During the meeting, Hasina stressed the need for unity in the Muslim world. “We should not fight among ourselves; rather we should solve any problem together.”

Al Saud echoed her views, saying: “We also want it and we also want that all stay in peace and make development.”

When Hasina said she visited Saudi Arabia six times since 2009, the Saudi prince described her as “half Saudi,” and said the kingdom had also become her home after all these visits.

He said that a good collaboration was taking place in the defence sector between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. “I hope this collaboration in different sectors will continue and be increased further.”

During his meeting with the prime minister, the foreign secretary said, Al Saud had focused on two sectors – trade and investment and the defence sector.

Shahidul said: “We hope that a high-level Saudi delegation will soon visit Bangladesh to explore cooperation in different sectors and they will make a big investment.”

Saudi Arabia is very much interested to make more investments in Bangladesh, he added.

Prime Minister Hasina arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday on a four-day visit official visit at the invitation of the Saudi king.

During the trip, the two countries signed several deals on a number of private and public sectors, including defence and ICT cooperation.

Hasina also met King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud at the royal palace on Wednesday, apart from holding meetings with other Saudi royals, government officials and businessmen since her arrival on Tuesday.