Bangladesh, Jordan to work together for common interest
21 May 2016, Nirapad News: Bangladesh and Jordan today reaffirmed to work together for common interest in the international arena as well as for the Muslim Ummah and continue the initiatives in the field of recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh.
The agreement came during official talks between the visiting Secretary General of the Jordanian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Tayseer Bani Yaseen and Secretary (Bilateral) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mizanur Rahman here this afternoon.
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Jordanian Foreign Ministry arrived here today on a two-day official visit. This is the first ever visit by the Foreign Secretary of Jordan to Bangladesh, according to foreign ministry statement.
During the talks, both sides agreed to exchange business delegation for capitalizing full trade and investment potentials in Bangladesh and discussed ways to deepen connectivity beginning with people-to-people contact, expanding tourism cooperation through direct air links and visa simplification for diplomatic and official passport holders.
About recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower in Jordan, the Jordanian side praised the Bangladeshi workers and agreed to continue the initiatives under the Working Group as per the provision set by the MoU signed in April, 2012 on Cooperation in the field of recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh.
They also emphasized the need to work on the bilateral instruments in the fields of air services, trade and investment.
The Bangladesh side urged the Jordanian side to consider positively for setting up their diplomatic mission in Dhaka, while requesting for a piece of land for Bangladesh Embassy in Amman.
The visiting Secretary General Tayseer Bani Yaseen praised Bangladesh’s steady economic growth under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Secretary Bilateral and Consular urged the Jordanian side to explore and invest in Bangladesh’s priority sectors under the newly built Economic Zones, infrastructure and IT sectors, energy and minerals, garments and textiles and High Tech industries.
The Jordanian side underscored the need for the two business chambers of Bangladesh and Jordan to engage in meaningful business platforms while reciprocating visits on a regular basis.
Bangladesh side thanked the government of Jordan for hosting a sizable number of Bangladeshi workers in Jordan and hoped that it will consider recruiting more skilled and semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh including professors, teachers, doctors, nurses and IT experts.
They also agreed to deepen the cooperation in the areas of agriculture by activating the Joint Working Group under the MoU on cooperation in the field of Agriculture (signed in December 2011).
Besides, the two sides discussed ways to deepen cooperation in the areas of defense, education, culture, science and technology. Secretary General of Jordanian Foreign Ministry lauded the roles of Bangladesh in UN Peace Keeping, countering terrorism and violent extremism as well as Bangladesh’s pioneering roles and positions on international issues of contentions.
Both sides observed with satisfaction for reciprocal support and extended cooperation on various occasion on issues of common interest under the aegis of the UN and other international form including the OIC.
Following the official talks, the secretary general of Jordanian foreign ministry called on the Acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (Retd) Khurshed Alam and attended a dinner hosted in his honour by him.
Officials from Ministries of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, Civil Aviation, Commerce and Foreign Affairs were present in the Bangladesh side during the meeting.