Bangladesh envoy presents credentials to Guinea Bissau president

Diplomatic Correspondent

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Ambassador to Portugal Tarik Ahsan presented his credentials to President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló in Bissau as the non-resident Bangladesh ambassador to the country with residence in Lisbon.

The ambassador was escorted in a motorcade from his hotel accommodation in Bissau to the Palace of the Republic.

On his arrival at the Palace, the ambassador received a gun salute from the Presidential Guards, while national flags of both the countries were flying. The ambassador then ceremonially presented his letter of credence to the President of Guinea Bissau on Tuesday. 

In an audience with President Embaló, Ambassador Tarik Ahsan conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to him, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon.

The ambassador stated that he was privileged to be the first Bangladesh ambassador to present credentials to the Head of State of Guinea Bissau.

The ambassador mentioned with pride that Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau have similar historical backgrounds of achieving independence through glorious wars of liberation and that flags of both countries were raised at the United Nations Secretariat in New York on the same day on September 18, 1974.

While there had not been much bilateral contact between the two countries in the past, the Ambassador expressed the hope that, with this formal acceptance of an Envoy, relation would now be progressively enhanced to a higher level.

The ambassador suggested that Guinea Bissau consider accrediting, at least, a non-resident ambassador to Bangladesh for maintaining a regular contact in both ways.

Terming the trade between two countries as not up to its potentials, the ambassador suggested that Guinea Bissau can import quality goods such as RMG, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, electronics, ICT products, bicycles, motorcycles and ships at affordable prices from Bangladesh.