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Hamid urges Ireland to open consular office in Dhaka


Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: June 13th, 2013 01:15:35 pm

Dhaka, June 13 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Thursday urged Ireland to open a consular office in Dhaka or extend consular services through other local European Union embassies here to help resolve the visa problems of Bangladeshis willing to visit Ireland.

The President said this when newly appointed nonresident Irish Ambassador to Bangladesh Feilim McLaughlin presented his credentials to him at Bangabhaban.

Welcoming the new Ambassador to Bangabhaban, Abdul Hamid recalled the invaluable support extended by Irish people and the government during the most crucial time of Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

President Hamid expressed his satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, and said Bangladesh attaches great importance to its relations with Ireland which is based on mutual respect and interest.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is one of the best investment destinations in the region, Hamid invited Irish investors to avail themselves of the investment-friendly atmosphere and the trainable, competitive work force of Bangladesh.

The President assured the Irish envoy of his full support to him during his assignment, and hoped that the bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Ireland would be further increased during his tenure.

The Irish Ambassador said his country is keen to invest in potential sectors of Bangladesh. “Some of the Irish enterprises have already shown their interest to invest in Bangladesh,” he added.

McLaughlin told the President he would put in his best efforts to further deepen the ties between the two countries.

Secretaries concerned of the President Office were present.

Earlier, on his arrival at Bangabhaban, the new envoy was given a guard of honour by a contingent of President’s Guard Regiment (PGR).