Romania to gift 2 lakh vaccines to Bangladesh
Published: 09:25 AM, 9 October 2021 Updated: 12:11 PM, 9 October 2021
The Romanian government has announced that it will provide 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift.
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu came up with the declaration during a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen in the country's capital Bucharest on Friday, a foreign ministry press release said on Saturday.
During the meeting, Dr Momen said the people of Bangladesh are grateful for the valued support and cooperation of the Romanian people in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
This is Dr Momen's first official visit to Bucharest at the invitation of the Romanian foreign minister and also the maiden visit at the foreign minister-level since the independence of Bangladesh.
In the meeting, he put emphasis on the initiatives of the two countries to boost the volume of bilateral trade at the expected level.
He urged the Romanian investors and companies to enter into joint ventures or 100 percent owned business ventures in the 100 special economic zones, which are currently being set up in Bangladesh, and in high-tech parks.
The foreign minister also sought support from Romania on GSP facilities in the European market.
The two foreign ministers took stock of the various aspects of bilateral ties and discussed important regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
Both the foreign ministers expressed deep satisfaction over the current progress of engagements between the two friendly countries.
They consented to extend cooperation in the areas of education and culture. The possibilities of sending skilled and unskilled workers from Bangladesh to Romania were also discussed.
Dr Momen apprised Bogdan of the latest developments and the measures taken by the Bangladesh government for the rehabilitation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals and sought the active cooperation of Romania and the international community to ensure the repatriation of these people to their homeland.
Bogdan praised the steps taken by Bangladesh towards the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals and assured possible assistance of Romania in this regard.
Also, the ministers exchanged opinions and experiences on cooperation in different international and regional fora between Bangladesh and Romania.
They discussed and exchanged views on the current important global as well as regional issues.
Bogdan thanked Bangladesh for its robust cooperation in different International organisations.
Momen invited his counterpart to visit Bangladesh along with a business delegation. The Romanian foreign minister happily accepted the invitation.
After the meeting, a memorandum of Understanding on "Foreign Office Consultation" between the two foreign ministries has been signed by the two ministers.
At the end of the bilateral official talks, both the foreign ministers took part at a joint press conference.