ASEAN Envoys Call on Foreign Minister

ASEAN Member States

Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners of seven ASEAN countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) jointly paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP this morning. The Envoys congratulated him on his appointment as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and wished him all the best in his current assignment. Hon’ble Foreign Minister welcomed the Envoys to Foreign Ministry and thanked them for their gesture.

The Envoys has apprised the Hon’ble Foreign Minister of newly formed ASEAN Dhaka Committee. Malaysian High Commissioner as the current Chair of ASEAN Dhaka Committee has further added that although this Committee is generally established in the ASEAN Dialogue Partner Countries, ASEAN Secretariat has however nodded the Dhaka Committee. And that it makes them feel very happy that their efforts have borne fruit so soon. The Chair has invited Hon’ble Foreign Minister to grace the inauguration ceremony of the Dhaka Committee scheduled in first week of April. In this context, Hon’ble Foreign Minister commended their efforts in establishing the Dhaka committee and hoped that this would lead to Bangladesh becoming a dialogue partner of ASEAN soon.

Bangladesh side has expressed satisfaction over the signing of visa waiver agreements for diplomatic and official passport-holders with seven out of ten ASEAN Countries and expressed the hope that such agreements with rest of the ASEAN countries will follow soon.

While expressing great satisfaction at the current state of bilateral relations with ASEAN countries as a whole, Hon’ble Foreign Minister thanked the government of ASEAN countries for hosting around half a million Bangladeshi workers in the region.  He has urged the Envoys to consider recruiting more Bangladeshi nationals – professional, skilled and semi-skilled- in their respective countries. Moreover, he has asked the envoys to work for the promotion bilateral trade between Bangladesh and the ASEAN region with a focus on addressing the adverse trade imbalances of Bangladesh with their respective countries.

The envoys expressed the hope that during the tenure of Hon’ble Foreign Minister the cooperation between Bangladesh and their respective countries would be further strengthened and deepened for the overall prosperity of Bangladesh and the ASEAN region.

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