London: Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has highly praised Bangladesh’s tremendous economic advancement under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Paying a courtesy call on Bangladesh Prime Minister at the Claridge’s hotel on Sunday, he also expressed his desire to help Bangladesh for further development in various sectors.
Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen briefed reporters afterwards.
“The former UK Prime Minister has highly admired Bangladesh’s development and wanted to help Bangladesh in its further development,“ the foreign minister said.
The prime minister told Blair that Bangladesh needs more foreign investment to generate more employ-ment, according to Momen.
Tony Blair said that he has good relations with the Middle East countries particularly the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) ones and he can help Bangladesh to increase business connectivity.
Blair, also head of the Tony Blair Institution for Global Change, was quoted as saying: “The current economy of Bangladesh is very attractive and Bangladesh is doing very well economically.”
The foreign minister said the ex-prime minister of UK expressed his happiness over the bilateral rela-tions between the UK and Bangladesh, saying, “The UK and Bangladesh relationship is very excellent.”
He also greeted the Bangladesh premier for coming to attend the coronation of King Charles III.
Authorities concerned from the Tony Blair Institution for Global Change will visit Bangladesh and sit with BIDA to identify the sectors for which Bangladesh needs help in development.
PM’s Speechwriter M Nazrul Islam and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem, among others, were present at the briefing.