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UAE wants partnership with Bangladesh

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed its keen interest in transforming its bilateral ties with Bangladesh into a partnership. 

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan showed interest in a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Hasan Mahmud on Friday evening at the royal palace in the city of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, BSS reports, citing a foreign ministry press release. 
 
During the meeting, the UAE foreign minister laid emphasis on signing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between his country and Bangladesh and activating the Joint Business Council (JBC) with Dhaka to build the economic partnership.

At the outset of the meeting, which lasted a quarter past an hour, the Bangladesh foreign minister handed over the invitation letter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah, inviting the UAE President to visit Bangladesh on the occasion of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Mahmud recalled the historical ties between the two brotherly countries that were established by the founding fathers of Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates, praised the leadership of the UAE for their unprecedented progress during the last five decades.

The Bangladesh foreign minister also highlighted the outstanding achievements of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

While reviewing the whole gamut of existing bilateral cooperation, the two ministers stressed exploring new emerging areas, including energy security, food security, environment and climate change, renewable energy, people-to-people communication, and increasing bilateral trade.

Mahmud highlighted the potential for investment from the UAE government and businessmen to develop the Matarbari Exclusive Economic Zone, port and logistics management, and the development of the land gifted to the founder President of the modern UAE, Sheikh Zayed Ibn Sultan Al Nahyan in Rangunia. 

The UAE foreign minister expressed his interest in advancing the ongoing investment in Bangladesh.

The two leaders exchanged views on various regional issues, including Rohingya repatriation and efforts to end the ongoing Gaza war.

The UAE Foreign Minister gave a positive response when Hasan Mahmud requested to simplify the visa process for Bangladeshis in all trades, including graduate nurses, caregivers, healthcare technicians, agriculturists, farmers, and various professionals in the UAE, and ease the transfer of work permits from one employer to another. 

Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Arab Emirates Md Abu Zafar and foreign ministry’s Director General of the West Asia wing Md Shafiqur Rahman were present in the meeting. 

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