Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen urges Portugal to establish a resident portuguese mission or at least a consular service center in Dhaka for receiving all kinds of visa applications.
Momen urges Portugal to open a mission in Dhaka: “It’s important for facilitating Bangladesh students to join their universities in Portugal and reunion of family members of Bangladeshi migrants with their dear ones in Portugal,” he said.
AK Abdul Momen made the urge while holding a bilateral meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Dr. Joao Gomes Cravinho on Friday in Lisbon on the margin of the ongoing 2nd UN Ocean Conference 2022 jointly hosted by Portugal and Kenya.
He mentioned that his country has maintained a resident Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon for 10 years and recently purchased properties there for the mission’s permanent location.
AK Abdul Momen observed that opening a Portugal chancery in Bangladesh would be the most appropriate gesture from the Portuguese side to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh-Portugal Diplomatic Relations in 2024.
This was the first bilateral meeting between the two countries at the level of foreign ministers, a foreign ministry press release said today.
During the meeting, the two foreign ministers shared the resolve to elevate the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Portugal to a new height in the coming days.
Recalling the historic linkage between Bangladesh and Portugal in the early 16th century, Bangladesh’s foreign minister viewed that the two friendly countries should build on this positive legacy of history to forge stronger cooperation in the present times for their mutual benefit.
He emphasized cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, human resources, blue economy, renewable energy, and people-to-people contact.
The foreign minister apprised his Portuguese counterpart of Bangladesh’s remarkable progress in socio-economic development, particularly in women empowerment, health, and education as well as fast economic growth, under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He mentioned that the just-inaugurated multi-billion dollar Padma Bridge, built over one of the mightiest rivers of the world entirely with its resources, is a symbol of the new Bangladesh that is capable of achieving success and braving all challenges.
The Portuguese foreign minister expressed his government’s desire to upgrade the relationship with Bangladesh.
He took note of the suggestions and assured to work on them while commending the Bangladeshi migrant community residing in Portugal for their integration into the Portuguese society and contribution to the Portuguese economy.
Two sides also agreed on working together to face the challenges relating to climate change like the rehabilitation of “climate refugees” at bilateral and multilateral levels.
The two ministers exchanged views on regional and global developments.
AK Abdul Momen requested the influential role of Portugal and the EU on international platforms for speedy repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister extended an invitation to the Portuguese foreign minister to visit Bangladesh, which was accepted with pleasure.
Momen was accompanied by Bangladesh Ambassador to Lisbon Tarik Ahsan, foreign ministry’s Secretary of the Maritime Affairs Unit Rear Admiral (Retd) Md. Khurshed Alam and other officials during the meeting.