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Minister: Bangladesh to raise foreign missions to 100

  • Published at 11:34 pm February 2nd, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The minister said Bangladesh currently has 77 missions in 58 countries

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said the number of Bangladesh’s foreign missions will be raised to 100 from 77 within 2021.

The minister said this while replying to a tabled starred question from Jatiya Party MP elected from Dhaka-4 Syed Abu Hossain before the parliament on Sunday, reports UNB.

“The Foreign Ministry has planned to open foreign missions in diplomatically important countries gradually,” he said. 

The minister said Bangladesh currently has 77 missions in 58 countries. 

Recently, it has completed its administrative process to open missions in Bucharest (Romania) and Chennai (India) while the cabinet has approved to set up a consulate general office in Florida (USA), he said. 

Besides, the Public Administration Ministry has approved a plan to open missions in Wallington (New Zealand), Dublin (Ireland) Buenos Aires (Argentina), Guangzhou (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Frankfurt (Germany). 

“It will be sent to the Finance Ministry very soon for its approval. A proposal for opening two other missions in Johor Bahru [Malaysia] and Oslo [Norway] is under the consideration of Finance Ministry, too,” the minister said. 

Replying to another tabled question from ruling party MP Benjir Ahmed, Dr Momen said the government is implementing a project to construct or procure buildings for 31 missions and residential buildings for ambassadors or high commissioners in various countries by 2024.

The project is being implemented in three phases from 2016, he said. 

He also said another project to construct buildings on own lands in Ankara, Bandar Seri Begawan, Islamabad, Thimpu, Berlin, Riyadh and Jeddah is underway. 

Besides, the minister said, another process is going on for procuring lands or buildings in Lisbon, Vienna, Athens, Cairo, Hague, Putrajaya, Canberra and Beijing for some other missions.