President Mohammed Shahabuddin yesterday received credentials of ambassadors from three countries to Bangladesh separately at Bangabhaban.
The three resident ambassadors are – Christian Brix Moller of Denmark, Irma van Dueren of Netherlands and Marcelo Carlos CESA of Argentina.
Welcoming the envoys to Bangladesh, the President said Bangladesh’s foreign policy attaches importance to bilateral and friendly relations with all, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told after the meet-ings.
Noting that Bangladesh has always given priority to expanding bilateral relations in terms of trade and investment, President Shahabuddin hoped that bilateral relations with these countries would be further expanded during their tenures in Dhaka.
Terming Bangladesh as a country with huge potential, the President urged the ambassadors to use all possibilities to strengthen trade and commerce ties between Bangladesh and their respective countries.
During the meeting with the Denmark envoy, the President said Denmark was one of the first European Union countries to recognize the independence of Bangladesh.
Mentioning the excellent bilateral trade-investment relations between Bangladesh and Denmark, he said Denmark is one of the partners in the economic development of Bangladesh.
Shahabuddin said Denmark is playing an important role in the development of the Bangladesh’s coastal areas, badly affected due to climate change.
Referring to the prevailing investment-friendly environment in Bangladesh, the President sought Danish investments in various potential sectors, including the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
The Danish ambassador said his government has been working as a development partner of Bangladesh and this cooperation will continue in the coming days.
Receiving the credentials from Netherlands envoy, the President said Netherlands is one of Bangladesh’s development partners.
He said diplomatic and commercial relations between the two countries are gradually increasing since independence.
The Head of the State said Bangladesh has achieved tremendous progress in the past one and a half dec-ades in various sectors, including communication and women’s empowerment, as a friendly investment situation is prevailing in the country.
He also sought more Dutch investment here.
The ambassador said the Netherlands always attaches great importance to the development of relations with Bangladesh in the days to come.
He said many Dutch investors have already invested in Bangladesh and many more investors are interest-ed in investing in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, President Shahabuddin thanked the Argentine government and people for reopening the new Argentine embassy in Dhaka.
He told the ambassador that Argentina is a very familiar name to the football lovers in Bangladesh and Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are very popular among people of all strata, including the young gen-eration.
Mentioning that there is considerable investment potentials between Bangladesh and Argentina, the Pres-ident said, Bangladesh produces various international-standard quality products, including readymade garment (RMG), ceramics and medicine.
The Head of State urged the ambassador of Argentina to take initiatives for increasing the import of these products from Bangladesh.