Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen met with the Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Alexandra Berg von Linde, the Ambassador of Spain Mr. Francisco de Asses Benitez Salas and the Ambassador of Norway Mr. Aspen Richter-Sweden this morning. Home, Padma
After congratulating the new Ambassadors to Bangladesh for taking up their responsibilities, the Foreign Minister discussed bilateral and various issues of mutual interest in regional and international issues. Dr. Momen noted Bangladesh’s great bilateral relations with these three countries, which are characterized by friendly sentiments, generality of opinion, mutually beneficial economic cooperation and enhancing bilateral trade and investment.
The Foreign Minister briefed them on the glorious development journey of Bangladesh over the past decade under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dr. Momen invites Swedish, Spanish and Norwegian investors to set up manufacturing plants in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of Bangladesh. Through SEJJ investments, foreign investors can avail the tax benefits offered by the Government of Bangladesh and attractive foreign direct investment-friendly packages as well as take advantage of Bangladesh’s population data and larger domestic markets.
Referring to the present government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ mandate, Dr. Momen briefed the ambassadors on the recent developments in the ICT sector in Bangladesh. Referring to the 26 high-tech parks in Bangladesh, the Foreign Minister urged the ambassadors to encourage investors from their respective countries to invest in these high-tech parks.
Dr. Momen said that it has been more than three years since the Myanmar authorities took public transport of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar to their homeland, but not a single Rohingya has been repatriated to Myanmar as the Myanmar authorities have not created a conducive environment. All three ambassadors praised Bangladesh for its humanitarian stance on the Rohingya. They praised Bangladesh for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s extraordinary humanitarian gestures, which sheltered 1.1 million Rohingya who fled their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after being persecuted by their own state.
The Foreign Minister stressed the need for urgent action by the international community to resolve the crisis. He noted that the Myanmar government needs to put strong pressure on Myanmar to ensure that the Rohingya who have taken refuge have been repatriated on an urgent basis in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner.