Maldivian Vice President Faisal Naseem has showed keen interest to recruit specialized professionals and doctors from Bangladesh, seeking to establish direct shipping line between Chattogram and Mal, to enhance bilateral trade.
The visiting Maldivian vice president expressed his eagerness while Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called on him at hotel InterContinental in Dhaka on Monday evening, an official release said on Tuesday, reports BSS.
Naseem arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a three-day official visit.
During the meeting, Dr Momen assured the Maldivian vice president of extending necessary assistance in providing medical education, training and skill development in various areas in Maldives.
He stated that Bangladeshi expatriate workers in Maldives are diligently contributing to the host economy.
The Bangladesh foreign minister also agreed to work on establishing direct shipping line between the two countries for further increasing bilateral trade volume.
Both the leaders reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, discussed ways and means for further strengthening cooperation and exchanged views on regional and international issues.
They emphasized importance of further deepening the bilateral relations between the two South Asian nations.
Dr Momen said that Bangladesh attaches high importance to Maldives which is rooted in shared religion, culture and values.
He recalled that the state visit of Maldives President on Birth Centenary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh in last March contributed to advancing Bangladesh-Maldives bilateral relations to a great extent.
He thanked the Maldives government through vice president for the gift of 2,00,000 Covid-19 vaccines for the people of Bangladesh.
The Maldives vice president is accompanied by among others, two cabinet ministers and foreign secretary of Maldives.
On Bangladesh side, Dr Momen was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and other senior officials of foreign ministry.
The Maldivian vice president is also expected to meet few cabinet ministersand Bangladesh President during the visit.