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Bangladesh invites Saudi crown prince to join Mujib Year celebrations

| Updated: November 23, 2020 19:19:20

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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has invited Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to attend the final programme of Mujib Year, the year-long celebrations marking the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

The foreign minister extended the invitation in a meeting with Saudi Ambassador Essa Yussef Essa Al Dulaihan at state guesthouse Padma in Dhaka on Sunday, reports bdnews24.com citing a statement.

Momen said the suitable time for Prince bin Salman’s visit could be March 2021 to attend the celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary or March 2022 during the celebration of 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence.

The ambassador filled the foreign minister in about the initiatives to facilitate the smooth return of the stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers to Saudi Arabia.

He also relayed the interests of the Saudi public and private companies, particularly ARAMCO, Acwa Power, Alfanar Group, Engineering Dimension, Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Daelim KSA, and Aljumairah Group, to invest in Bangladesh.

Al Dulaihan sought the cooperation of the foreign ministry to help implement the bilateral agreements or MOUs signed in the recent past.

Momen told him he was happy with the pace of return of the stranded Bangladeshi citizens to the Gulf kingdom with the assistance of the Saudi embassy in Dhaka.

He also said Bangladesh will keep working with Saudi Arabia to move forward the bilateral cooperation.

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