The United Arab Emirate (UAE) Ambassador in Dhaka Abdulla Ali AlHmoudi has said partnership between his country and Bangladesh has reached a new height in recent years.
"The mutual visits of the leaders and officials of the two countries, and the ever-increasing levels of trade, economic and cultural exchange, are powerful indicators that stand witness to the strength of bilateral relations (between Bangladesh and UAE) in various fields," he said.
In his welcome speech, AlHmoudi mentioned the UAE's remarkable achievements over the past 50 years. The UAE envoy also highlighted the glorious journey of UAE ties with Bangladesh since independence.
On this historic occasion, the envoy said, the UAE and Bangladesh enjoy deep-rooted historical relations since 1971 and both of the governments strengthened the bilateral relations in various sectors.
The ties between the UAE and Bangladesh are based on the principles of cooperation and mutual respect, he observed.
The ambassador said the UAE is one of the most resilient countries globally in handling and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country turns challenges into opportunities.
"The UAE has ranked 11th on the nation brand index due to our successful handling of Covid-19 and pioneering achievements in science and education, such as the successful Emirates Mars Mission," he added.
The UAE believes that the world cannot tolerate more polarization and confrontation, and that the coming decades need more communication, integration and cooperation in the political, economic, technological, health and food fields, he added.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad attended the reception as the chief guest.
In his speech, the minister said, Bangladesh and UAE enjoy the age old fraternity and time tested friendship.
These historical ties had further been strengthened and deepened over time with religious and cultural commonalities and economic cooperation, he added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal also spoke at the programme.
Ministers, Ambassadors, Heads of diplomatic Missions, Members of Parliament, High government officials, business persons, media personalities, and personalities from academic and social institutions also attended the ceremony.