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Bangladesh-Oman foreign office consultations held

Staff Correspondent
28 May 2023 21:15:09 | Update: 28 May 2023 21:30:50
Bangladesh-Oman foreign office consultations held
The third round of political consultations at the Omani Foreign Ministry in Muscat — Courtesy Photo

Bangladesh and Oman on Sunday discussed cooperation in the areas of manpower, clean energy, trade and investment.

At the third round of political consultations held at the Omani Foreign Ministry in Muscat, the two countries took note of the need for holding the Joint Technical Committee meeting on manpower cooperation soon.

They also underlined the need for deeper engagement in trade and economic fields between the two countries through setting up a Joint Business Chamber between apex trade bodies, initiating port-to-port connectivity, and higher interaction and visits among businesses between the two countries.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the regular consultations and agreed to diversify cooperation in various areas of clean energy, direct shipping, recruitment of healthcare professionals, and Information Technology to enhance and consolidate the existing relationship.

The Bangladesh delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen while the Omani side was led by Sheikh Khalifa Alharthy, the undersecretary for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The consultations were attended by Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Oman Md Nazmul Islam and Director General (West Asia) Md Shafiqur Rahman and officials from both foreign ministries.

The delegations reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries, covering political exchanges, defence cooperation, trade and economic matters, consular issues, and cooperation in areas such as manpower, energy, agriculture, education and health.

There was also an exchange of views on cooperation in international platforms and contemporary global issues, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both sides agreed to hold the next round of Consultations at mutually convenient dates in 2024 in Dhaka.

During his visit to Oman, Bangladesh's Foreign Secretary also met with Dr Saleh bin Said bin Salem Masen, undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion.

He appraised the undersecretary on the economic development gains in Bangladesh and sought greater trade and investment cooperation from the Omani side.

The Foreign Secretary invited the undersecretary to visit Bangladesh with a business delegation.

He also met Nasr bin Amer Al Hosni, undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour for Work, to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation in these two key sectors.

Both sides expressed optimism about the convening of the next meeting of the Joint Commission on Manpower shortly.

There were exchanges of views on issues of common interests.