London, 17 January 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed on the unity of Muslim countries and said, the Muslim countries should solve their problems through talks. The Prime Minister said this while newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar met her at PMO in Dhaka yesterday. Ambassador Nafar highly greeted the landslide victory of Awami League in the recent national election and described Sheikh Hasina as a wise and prudent Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The people of Iran are very much fond of her, the envoy added.

More heads of state and government have extended their heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her reappointment as the Prime Minister for the fourth time. Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in separate congratulatory messages expressed their eagerness to strengthen relationship with Bangladesh.

Outgoing Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Professor Dr. Chop Lal Bhusal paid a farewell call on President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday. While exchanging views, the President stressed on strengthening the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Nepal. The President also thanked the Nepalese envoy for the successful completion of his assignment in Dhaka.

Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen will brief foreign diplomats at the state guesthouse Padma in Dhaka today on the visions of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Foreign Minister will talk to the diplomats about the priorities of his government’s foreign policy that will include Rohingya issue.

Foreign Minister of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz has congratulated Dr. A K Abdul Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. In his message, the Polish Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction with the traditionally friendly relations between Bangladesh and Poland.

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud has termed the report of Transparency International Bangladesh on the 11th Parliamentary Election as untrue, prejudiced, politically motivated and an echo of BNP-Jammat led Oikyofront demand. Dr. Hasan Mahmud said this at a press conference in Chottogram yesterday.

Citizens aged below one and above 65 years will get free healthcare services. The measures are being taken in pursuance of the election manifesto of the new government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said this while unveiling the agenda at a press conference at his ministry in Dhaka yesterday.

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said, the government is working to raise the export earnings from ICT goods to US$ 7 billion by 2023. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar expresed the optimism while addressing a function at Bangladesh Computer Council in Dhaka yesterday.

President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Lee Mi-kyung arrives in Dhaka on January 20 on a four-day visit to discuss development cooperation between Bangladesh and South Korea through KOICA. The KOICA President leading a six-member high-level delegation will also visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.

The government of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses inked an agreement in the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague yesterday to undertake a 'potato impact cluster' project. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and a consortium of Dutch businesses through a three year project involving Euro 900,000 joined hands to share their experience with potato farmers in Bangladesh to improve supply chain in potato sector.

Press Wing