DHAKA: Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni requested the Government of Kuwait to provide assistance to Bangladesh in setting up an oil refinery.
She also requested to Kuwait authorities to consider deferred payment by Bangladesh for the import of petroleum products from Kuwait.
The foreign minister now in Kuwait for attending the 1st Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit as member of the President’s entourage, called on His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Tuesday evening.
The issue of providing assistance by Kuwait for procurement of dredgers was also discussed during the meeting.
Dr Dipu Moni also sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister of Kuwait in encouraging Kuwaiti investors to explore Bangladesh for their investment.
She explained the investor friendly policies and legal regime of Bangladesh. The Foreign Minister thanking the Prime Minister for raising the minimum wage from 20 KD to 60 KD for the workers also requested Kuwait Government to recruit more skilled and semi-skilled people from Bangladesh.
In reply the Prime Minister assured the Foreign Minister that his Government will give positive consideration to all the requests made.
Prime Minister of Kuwait expressed his happiness in meeting Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni. He referred to the deep rooted friendly bilateral relations existing between the two countries.
He recalled with gratitude the invaluable support provided by Bangladesh during the Kuwait War, and the continued support by Bangladesh Armed Forces to Kuwait till date. He mentioned of his high impression of Bangladesh Military as previous Minister of Defence of Kuwait.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni handed over an invitation letter from Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Prime Minister of Kuwait. His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait received the invitation with thanks, and expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.
Earlier in the evening Vice Foreign Minister of Vietnam Le Luong Minh called on Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni.
Issues of mutual interest were discussed during the courtesy call on. In the meeting, the issue of upcoming Prime Ministerial bilateral visit to Vietnam early next month was discussed.
Vietnam assured to work closely with Bangladesh Authorities to make the visit a success.
It was decided that several agreements or memorandum of understandings (MoUs) would be signed during this highest level visit. Both sides agreed on continuing cooperation on bilateral, regional and international issues.
BDST: 2020 HRS, OCT 17, 2012
Edited by: M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor / SM Salahuddin, Output Editor
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