Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic highly lauded development journey of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina despite challenges posed by Covid pandemic.
President Vucic shared his deep appreciation while he received AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh at the Palace of Serbia, Belgrade on Monday on the sideline of the on-going NAM meeting in Belgrade.
Serbian President was enthused to learn that Bangladesh is currently celebrating the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh.
Observing that Serbia’s on-going and ambitious development programmes will require vast human resources, Foreign Minister Momen offered skilled and semi-skilled workers including IT professional, electrician, plumber etc. which are of high demand in Serbia.
The Serbian President warmly welcomed his offer and stressed on devising an institutional mechanism for collaboration in respect of labour and manpower from Bangladesh. While stressing on forging stronger trade and economic links between the two friendly countries, Bangladesh Minister urged Serbian investors to import from Bangladesh and invest in the country utilizing excellent investment climate offered by the Government.
While mentioning that Bangladesh is currently hosting 1.1 million forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals known as Rohingya refugees, Momen sought support of the friendly countries like Serbia in putting pressure on Myanmar junta for the volunteer, safe and sustained repatriation of the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh.
President Vucic appreciated the generosity of Bangladesh in this regard.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister is currently attending the High Level Commemorative Meeting to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (Oct 11-12) in Belgrade which is being attended by over 40 Ministers and around 70 countries.
He is scheduled to meet a few other dignitaries during his current visit. Bangladesh Ambassador to Serbia with residence in Rome, senior officials of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry were present while Serbian senior officials were in attendance.