Bangladesh’s graduation a testimony of big success

Saudi minister tells Shahriar Alam

Diplomatic Correspondent

9 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has highly praised the remarkable and sustainable economic growth of Bangladesh carried out in the last one decade under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“The recent UN decision to elevate Bangladesh to the middle-income country from LDC status is a testimony of this success,” said Saudi State Minister Adel Al-Jubeir during his meeting with visiting Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam in Riyadh on Sunday.

The Saudi State Minister also congratulated Bangladesh on its 50th anniversary of independence.

State Minister Shahriar Alam said that under the visionary leadership of both countries, the relations have elevated to a strategic level.

He reiterated Bangladesh government’s unwavering support to the Saudi side and expressed solidarity condemning the recent cowardly attacks by Houthis. Adel Al-Jubeir appreciated Bangladesh’s position on Yemen issue.

The Bangladesh State Minister called for signing a Memorandum of Understanding between Public-Private Partnership Authority of Bangladesh and competent Saudi authority, which would enable Saudi investors to invest in Bangladesh on PPP projects.

Saudi State Minister Adel Jubeir replied in the affirmative and hoped they will soon reach a deal regarding PPP.

On a proposal from the Bangladesh State Minister for a joint venture in contract farming in suitable African countries where Bangladesh can provide its expertise in agriculture and manpower, Saudi State Minister welcomed the proposal.

Shahriar Alam expressed his government’s deep gratitude to the Saudi King and Crown Prince for allowing all the foreign residents irrespective of their legal status to receive free Covid treatment and jab, which has saved many lives of expatriates including Bangladesh community living in the Kingdom.

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs also requested him to reappoint a cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in Dhaka, so the service seekers would not need to send their documents to New Delhi for attestation and Saudi side took note of that.