Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit Saudi Arabia by May this year when a number of instruments for cooperation on investment, culture and education is likely to be signed between the two countries.
'Saudi Arabia is keen to receive the Bangladesh premier...King Salman would be more than happy to receive her," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir during the bilateral talks with his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali at Riyadh Wednesday.
The Saudi foreign minister's comment came when Mahmood Ali proposed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may undertake a visit to the Kingdom at an early date preferably between March and May this year, according to a message received here today.
During the talks, both the ministers agreed to work together to fight against terrorism and extremism through meaningful cooperation as they reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations as well as exchanged views on regional and international issues, according to a message received here today.
They also agreed to work on a number of instruments for cooperation on investment, culture and education ahead of the visit so that those could be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Saudi Arabia.
Lauding the role of Bangladesh community in the Kingdom for their contribution to economic development of both the nations, the Saudi foreign minister agreed to have further cooperation in recruiting more skilled and semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh including doctors and nurses.
Both the ministers agreed that a delegation from Saudi health ministry may undertake a visit to Bangladesh to inspect the medical degrees and other facilities for future recruitment of Bangladeshi health professionals.
Referring to the recently held Joint Commission Meeting between the two countries, Mahmood Ali briefed about recent developments in Bangladesh as well as described pool of quality workers and world class export items such as RMG and pharmaceutical products for their possible export to the Kingdom.
Saudi foreign minister was convinced that Saudi businessmen can explore further opportunities in trade and investment in Bangladesh and they can visit Bangladesh to see the facilities of pharmaceutical industry.
The Saudi foreign minister directed the high officials concerned of the ministry present in the meeting to advise their embassy in Dhaka to issue business visa to Bangladeshi business men.
Both agreed to work for opening of branches by Bangladeshi commercial banks in Saudi Arabia which would be helpful for boosting trade and investments between the countries.
Bangladesh foreign minister proposed for cooperation between the respective training institutions of civil administration of both countries, which was welcomed by Saudi side.
He requested his Saudi counterpart to assist in securing land for Bangladesh Community schools in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Saudi Foreign Minister responded that the matter is being examined by the Saudi Education Ministry.
When foreign minister invited his Saudi counterpart to visit Bangladesh, he accepted the invitation and agreed to visit to Dhaka soon at a mutually convenient date.
In the meeting deputy foreign ministers of different divisions of the Saudi ministry were present.
Ambassador Golam Moshi, Deputy Chief of Mission Nazrul Islam and Consul General, Jeddah Shahidul Karim and Director of Foreign Minister's Office Asif Rahman were present in the meeting from Bangladesh side.-Asfar