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FM meets Serbian ministers

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 16 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has met several senior ministers of Serbia during his visit to the country.

During the meeting, the minister discussed a wide-range of issues related to rejuvenation of bilateral relations, recruiting workforce from Bangladesh and enhancing trade between the two countries.

Momen held meetings with Nikola Selaković, minister of Foreign Affairs, Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Tatjana Matic, minister for Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication of Serbia, on the sidelines of the 60th commemorative events of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

During meeting with the Serbian Foreign Minister, Momen highlighted Bangladesh’s non-aligned foreign policy as envisioned by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

While recalling with profound gratitude that former Yugoslavia was one of the first European countries to have recognised Bangladesh immediate after the independence, the Bangladesh minister stressed the need to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The whole gamut of trade, investment, labour were discussed during the meeting, said a press release of the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Momen informed his Serbian counterpart about the achievements of Bangladesh in containing the spread of Covid19 pandemic as well as its impacts on the economy of the country through early intervention and effective action.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister sought support of Serbia for the early repatriation of the Rohingyas, temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh, to their homeland Myanmar.

On October 13, the Foreign Minister met Dr Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, Serbian Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

During the meeting the possibility of engaging Bangladeshi workforce in the development work of Serbia was discussed.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister informed the Serbian minister about the hardworking workforce of Bangladesh who are contributing to the infra-structure development of many countries including in the Middle East.

Earlier on October 11, Foreign Minister Momen held a meeting with Tatjana Matic, Serbian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication. Terming Bangladesh “as a land of opportunities”, Momen highlighted the huge potentials to increase trade relations between the two countries.