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PM meets Amir of Qatar

BSS . Doha
25 May 2023 00:00:00 | Update: 24 May 2023 23:34:49
PM meets Amir of Qatar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today met Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani at Amiri Diwan here.

Different issues, particularly bilateral cooperation on energy, business, investment and Bangladeshi manpower, as well as Muslim Ummah, development of Bangladesh prominently came up in the discussion.

“The meeting was held in a very warm environment,” said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at a press briefing here.

About energy, the Amir of Qatar said the negotiation of signing a new contract over the larger supply of energy from Qatar to Bangladesh remains pending for a few months. “I promised you that I, being the Amir, will extend all sorts of facilities to you as you are a friendly country,” he was quoted.

Dr Momen said it (the promise) is a big achievement for Bangladesh, adding that this fresh contract might soon be signed anytime.

Now, Bangladesh is importing some 40 containers of energy that means 1.8-2.5 million tons per annum (MTA) as per a 15-year contract signed in 2017. But now Bangladesh seeks larger supply of LNG from Qatar.

Praising Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, the Amir of Qatar said that they once knew that Bangladesh was a disaster and poverty-stricken country. But when Sheikh Hasina came in power, she removed food deficit from Bangladesh.

In this context, the Prime Minister said her government brought down the poverty rate to 18.5 percent from 41 percent and the extreme poverty rate to 5.6 percent from 25 percent in the last fourteen and a half years. “I’ve made Bangladesh free from poverty. Poverty is a curse,” she was quoted.

Sheikh Hasina said her only goal is to turn Bangladesh into a developed country as dreamt by her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“We’ve progressed to some extent. But my work has not finished. I want to work more. But I alone can’t do it. I seek your assistance. I need more investment. I have opened my country. You can come with investment for mutual benefits,” Sheikh Hasina was quoted.

Sheikh Hasina invited Amir of Qatar to visit Bangladesh, if possible within this year. In response, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said he would definitely visit Bangladesh possibly within this year.

Talking about the Muslim Ummah, the Prime Minister said the Muslim countries get engaged in conflicts on trivial matter in some cases, which is a barrier for the unity of Muslim Ummah.