Serbian President lauds Bangladesh’s development journey

Enhanced trade and investment ties sought

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has highly lauded the development journey of Bangladesh despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vucic shared his deep appreciation while he received Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the Palace of Serbia, Belgrade on the sidelines of the NAM meeting in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Bangladesh foreign minister attended the high level commemorative meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement held on October 11-12 in Belgrade which was attended by over 40 ministers and around 70 countries.

During the meeting, Dr Momen mentioned the cordial and traditionally close relationship between Dhaka and Belgrade which is rooted in history.

He especially touched on the personal friendship between Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and President of former Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito.

Serbianpresident was enthused to learn that Bangladesh is currently celebrating the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh.Observing that Serbia’s on-going and ambitious development programs will require vast human resources, Dr Momen offered skilled and semi-skilled workers including IT professional, electrician, plumber etc. which are of high demand in Serbia.Serbian president warmly welcomed his offer and stressed on devising an institutional mechanism for collaboration in respect of labour and manpower from Bangladesh.

While stressing on forging stronger trade and economic links between the two friendly countries, Bangladesh minister urged Serbian investors to import from Bangladesh and invest in the country utilizing excellent investment climate offered by the government.

While mentioning that Bangladesh is currently hosting 1.2 million forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals known as Rohingya refugees, Dr Momen sought the support of the friendly countries like Serbia in putting pressure on Myanmar junta for the volunteer, safe and sustained repatriation of the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh.

Vucic appreciated the generosity of Bangladesh in this regard.

Dr Momen invited the Serbian president to visit Bangladesh on behalf of the president of Bangladesh which he gladly accepted. He also invited the president and the prime minister of Bangladesh.

He is scheduled to meet a few other dignitaries during his current visit.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Serbia with residence in Rome, senior officials of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry were present while Serbian senior officials were in attendance.


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