Dhaka: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh Mr. Essa Yousef Essa Alduhailan, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen, MP, today at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka. During the meeting, they exchanged views on issues of mutual interests pertaining to bilateral and multilateral cooperation. MoFa Press Release.
Welcoming the Saudi Envoy in his office, Foreign Minister commended him for his dynamic role in promoting the bilateral relationship. The Envoy expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Minister for all support and cooperation.
The Ambassador handed over a letter to the Minister from Saudi Foreign Minister Mr. Faisal bin Farhan Al- Saud inviting the Foreign Minister to undertake an official visit to Saudi Arabia to review and expedite ongoing mutual collaboration. The Foreign Minister appreciated and accepted the invitation, thanked the Ambassador and remarked that the visit schedule would be fixed through diplomatic channels.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister and Saudi Envoy discussed and reviewed various bilateral issues and expressed satisfaction at the state of relations flourishing rapidly in many fields including political, economic, trade & investment, security & defense, manpower and other areas. On the prospect of further employment in the Saudi Arabia with reference to Neom city, the Foreign Minister conveyed Bangladesh’s readiness in providing skilled workers and technicians in different trades and also indicated readiness of the Government to assign dedicated university or training institute to train manpower in specialized trades to cater to the needs of Saudi Arabia.
Noting progress of the Saudi investment in the renewable energy sector, Foreign Minister urged the Envoy to explore the possibility of prospective financing in the Eastern Refinery Unit-2 from Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). Reflecting on the current political instability in parts of Europe, Foreign Minister urged the Envoy to explore possible cooperation from Saudi Arabia in meeting Bangladesh’s domestic energy and oil needs and take up the issue of considering crude/refined oil from Aramco on a deferred payment basis. The Saudi Envoy assured to take up the proposal with the appropriate authorities in the Kingdom. He also conveyed KSA’s readiness to facilitate Bangladesh’s proposal to set up a fertilizer industry in Saudi Arabia.
Reaffirming support to Saudi Arabia in the multilateral fora, Foreign Minister recalled Bangladesh’s support to Saudi Arabia in hosting the Expo-2030 in Riyadh. Saudi Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Minister for his continuous support and guidance in taking forward the bilateral engagements to new heights and continued support in the multilateral fora.