Bosnia & Herzegovina for deepen relations
08 December 2015, Nirapad News: Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, wished to deepen relations with Bangladesh in a significant way.
They wish to initiate series of trade, investment, consular, cultural and sport related agreements to bring this relation to what they see as huge potential for both the countries.
Expressing their deep appreciation for Bangladesh’s spectacular socio-economic development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Balkan country urged Bangladesh businessmen to invest in their country which is closely aligned with European Union.
This was conveyed to Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands with concurrent accreditation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sheikh Mohammed Belal, when he met Dr. Dragan Covic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to present his credential on December 3.
Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague issued a press release in this regard.
Following the ceremony in a meeting, Bangladesh ambassador conveyed to Dr. Dragan Covic warm greetings and good wishes of President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh envoy highlighted the historic ethno-religious bond and similarities in quest for freedom between the two countries.
He also recalled the contributions of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who participated in the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early 1990s and pledged to further deepen and expand excellent friendly relations between the two countries during his tenure.
Ambassador Belal briefed the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina of ‘Vision 2021’ of the premier Sheikh Hasina.
The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina praised the spectacular socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
Referring the excellent ties between the two countries both bilaterally and multilaterally, he mentioned that immense opportunities exist to further strengthen the relations.
He welcomed Ambassador Belal to Bosnia and Herzegovina and assured of all support in the discharge of his responsibilities for the mutual interest of the two nations.
Dr. Dragan Covic also conveyed his best wishes for Bangladesh’s President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the goodwill of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the people of Bangladesh.
He also extended an invitation to his Bangladeshi counterpart to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina at a mutually convenient time.
Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal also called on Mirko Šarovic, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations and held meeting with Amer Kapetanovic, Assistant Minister for Bilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the meetings, both sides stressed the need for institutional mechanism to further strengthen bilateral relations especially in the fields of trade and commerce, education and cultural exchanges.
Bangladesh Ambassador requested the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations to enhance imports of RMG, textiles, pharmaceuticals, jute and jute goods, ceramic-ware, frozen fish, footwear and leather manufactures, handicrafts, etc. from Bangladesh.
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina assured his Ministry’s support in this regard.
When proposed to consider consular arrangement in Dhaka so that people of Bangladesh could get their visa speedily, Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed their readiness to explore options so that people of Bangladesh could get their visa with speed and without hassle.
Bosnia and Herzegovina also proposed to establish Foreign Office Consultation as well as visa exemption under few categories in the future.
Ambassador Belal, referring to love of the people of Bangladesh for Bosnian soccer, proposed to consider exchange of visits as well as coaching support for soccer in Bangladesh.
Later, he held meeting with Dr. Bruno Bojic, President of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina and discussed ways and means to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries.
It was agreed that President of Bosnian Chamber of Commerce shall forward specific templates and proposals for more business to business cooperation.
Honorary Consul General of Bangladesh in Sarajevo Ambassador Hajrudin Somun accompanied Bangladesh Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the meetings.