Malaysia emphasizes improving relations with Bangladesh...

Malaysia emphasizes improving relations with Bangladesh

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:37 PM, 28 January 2022  

Malaysia emphasizes improving relations with Bangladesh

Malaysia emphasizes improving relations with Bangladesh

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah stressed elevating the relationship between Bangladesh and Malaysia to a 'strategic level'. He also promised to expand cooperation in the field of digital economy between the two countries.

Saifuddin Abdullah said this when his Bangladesh counterpart Dr. AK Abdul Momen phoned him on Thursday. At the time, he exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

Dr. Momen expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries while both the foreign ministers agreed to celebrate the golden jubilee of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and Malaysia this year.

The Foreign Minister lauded the decision to open up employment opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in all sectors of Malaysia. Dr. Momen also thanked the Malaysian government for their donation of more than half-a-million of COVID-19 vaccines.

He said the Bangladesh government was ready to contribute to Malaysia's economic growth and activities by sending more workers through safe and regular immigration channels. He also requested to consider the recruitment of skilled manpower in information technology from Bangladesh.

He praised the supportive role of Malaysia in tackling the Rohingya crisis. Momen. He requested Malaysia's continued support for the speedy repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland Myanmar.

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

The two Foreign Ministers emphasized the need for speedy completion of the proposed free trade agreement to facilitate more trade between the two countries.

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

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.

Dr. Momen invited Saifuddin to visit Bangladesh on the occasion of the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations. He later agreed to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.