The president hopes the envoys will work towards enhancing mutual relations during their tenures
The envoys of five countries, including India and Italy, presented their credentials to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the press about the matter on Thursday.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Italian Ambassador Enrico Nunziata separately presented their credentials to the president at 3pm and 3:30pm, respectively.
Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh attaches importance to bilateral and friendly relations with all.
“Bangladesh always gives priority to the expansion of the bilateral relations in the field of trade and investment,” he said.
The president expressed his hope that the bilateral relations with these countries will further be expanded during their assignments in Bangladesh.
During the meeting with the Indian envoy, Hamid expressed his gratitude to the people and the government of India for their sincere support during the 1971 Liberation War. "The existing relations with India are excellent. The ties in different sectors, including commerce and investment, are increasing day by day," he said.
Referring to the road-water-airway connectivity between Bangladesh and India, he said this has helped enhance the relations between the peoples of the two neighbouring countries strengthening the bilateral base.
The Indian high commissioner lauded the development of Bangladesh in various sectors, especially socioeconomic, communication and infrastructural ones.
She said India will stay by Bangladesh for its socio-economic development.
During the meeting with the Italian ambassador, the president said Bangladesh has a lot of scope for investment and urged Italy to explore the potentials.
He also mentioned the excellent relations between the two countries and hoped that the relations will reach a new height in the days to come.
Baraka Haran Luvanda, Ashraf Farhad Shikhaliyev and Farhod Arziev, ambassadors of Tanzania, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan respectively, presented their credentials to the president at 4:30pm, 4:45pm and 5pm, respectively.
Mentioning the foreign policy "friendship to all and malice to none", Hamid said Bangladesh gave importance to the increase of the bilateral and multilateral relations with all.
He said the investment in medicine, agriculture and leather sectors is very bright in Bangladesh.
The president also emphasised on visits at both the government and private levels in utilizing the potential of investment.
He also hoped that the envoys will work towards enhancing mutual relations during their tenure in Bangladesh.
The envoys said they will also make all-out efforts to strengthen the relations with their respective countries.
They sought cooperation to complete their tenure successfully.
Secretaries concerned to the president and high officials of Foreign Ministry were present at the time.
As they arrived at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the President Guard Regiment (PGR) offered the envoys guards of honour.