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Malaysia for elevating ties with Bangladesh to strategic level

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 29 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Malaysia for elevating ties with Bangladesh to strategic level

Foreign Minister of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah has put stress on elevating the bilateral relationship with Bangladesh to a ‘strategic level.’

He also stressed the importance of expanding cooperation in the arena of digital economy by forging closer cooperation between the ICT authorities of the two countries.

The Malaysian Foreign Minister told this during a telephone conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister made a telephone call to the Malaysian Foreign Minister on Thursday and exchanged views on issues of mutual interests.

Momen congratulated his Malaysian counterpart on the auspicious occasion of the golden jubilee of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and Malaysia this year and expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Both the Foreign Ministers agreed to celebrate the historic occasion in a befitting manner.

Praising the signing of the MoU on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, Foreign Minister Momen appreciated Malaysian Government’s decision on opening up the recruitment opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in all sectors of the economy.

He expressed Bangladesh Government’s readiness to contribute to the economic growth and activities in Malaysia by sending more workforces through safe and regular migration channel.

In this connection, Momen requested the Malaysian Foreign Minister to consider recruiting IT-trained manpower from Bangladesh.

Appreciating the supportive role of Malaysia in all for a vis-à-vis the Rohingya crisis, Momen requested his Malaysian counterpart’s continued support for starting the repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their motherland Myanmar on an expeditious basis.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also thanked the Malaysian government for their donation of more than half-a-million of COVID-19 vaccines.

Admiring highly the role of Bangladesh in sheltering the displaced Rohingyas, Saifuddin said that the whole world is grateful to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her enormous humanitarian gesture in hosting more than 1.1 million displaced people from Myanmar.

Both the Foreign Ministers stressed the importance of accelerating the process for an early conclusion of the proposed Free Trade Agreement for facilitating more trade and commerce between the two countries.      

Momen sought Malaysian support in favour of Bangladeshi candidacy at various international and global forums. He also requested Malaysian support for Bangladesh’s candidacy for the ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partnership.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to work for exchanging more high level visits for infusing the bilateral relations with further dynamism and newer directions.

As Momen invited Saifuddin for a visit to Bangladesh on the occasions of the golden jubilee of the diplomatic ties, the latter agreed to visit Bangladesh at a time of mutual convenience.

The two ministers also exchanged New Year greetings during the call.