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Dhaka, Riad to work together on women empowerment, climate, food security

  • President seeks more Saudi investments in various sectors in Bangladesh
  • Refers to Saudi Arabia as one of Bangladesh's largest labour markets
Update : 01 Feb 2024, 04:41 PM

Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia are keen to work together on various bilateral and global issues, including women's empowerment, climate change, food security and blue economy.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and a delegation led by Speaker of Saudi Arabia's Surah Council Dr Abdullah Muhammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh have expressed this view during a courtesy call on the President at Bangabhaban in the capital on Thursday.

The president sought more Saudi investments in various sectors in Bangladesh, Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told BSS after the meeting.

Noting that bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia are excellent, the head of state said religious, cultural, and economic ties between the two countries are also strong.

He said Bangladesh strongly supports the demand for establishing an independent Palestine state and strongly condemns the Israeli attack on Gaza.

The president praised the leadership of Saudi Arabia in establishing peace and unity of the Muslim Ummah.

Saudi Arabia's Mecca and Medina are very holy places for Bangladeshi Muslims, he mentioned.

Referring to Saudi Arabia as one of Bangladesh's largest labour markets, the president said expatriate Bangladeshis living in Saudi Arabia are making an important contribution to the socio-economic development of both countries.

Calling Saudi Arabia a major development partner of Bangladesh, he said Saudi investment and bilateral trade in Bangladesh is gradually increasing. The volumes would increase further in the days to come, President Sahabuddin hoped.

During the meeting, the Speaker of Sura Councilor of Saudi Arabia said the Saudi government and people attach great importance to the development of relations with Bangladesh.

The delegation lauded the socio-economic development of Bangladesh and said their cooperation would continue for the development of this country.

Secretaries concerned with the president office were present there.

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