Kuwait proposes formulation of roadmap on bilateral cooperation in talks with Bangladeshi PM
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah proposed the formulation of a roadmap on bilateral cooperation during a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session .
“He (the PM of Kuwait) has said he wants to prepare a roadmap and a workable program (jointly with Bangladesh) for the next five years,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said at the meeting. a press conference in New York after the meeting at UN headquarters on Tuesday (local New York time).
Momen called the meeting “very fruitful” and said, in line with talks between the two prime ministers, that he would meet with his Kuwaiti counterpart to determine areas of cooperation necessary for mutual benefits.
The foreign minister said the Kuwaiti prime minister also expressed his country’s interest in setting up an oil refinery in Bangladesh while seeking to share Bangladesh’s expertise in training its defense forces.
He said Sheikh Hasina welcomed the proposals and assured his counterpart to provide the necessary land for the proposed refinery, adding: “We will provide you with the necessary (military) training and technical support.”
Bangladesh extended its support to Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War by sending military troops, while, in recognition of this gesture, Kuwait appointed one of its military units as a Bangladesh contingent.
State Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam said Kuwait previously provided Dhaka $ 50 million through its Kuwait Fund, which Bangladesh spent on municipal infrastructure development under the Department. of Local Government Engineering (LGED).
He said Bangladesh had almost concluded a discussion with Kuwait by receiving an additional $ 100 million under the Kuwait Fund for five megaprojects.
“Since the Bangabandhu period, the relationship between Bangladesh and Kuwait has been unique,” said Shahriar Alam.
Sheikh Hasina had previously held another bilateral meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who has gained a global reputation as a famous worker leader in the contemporary world.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh told him that his government wanted to take more measures for workers’ benefits and asked for his advice to that end.
She simultaneously informed him that no Bangladeshi garment worker had lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the stimulus packages.
Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen, Prime Minister Ihsanul Karim’s press secretary and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Rabab Fatima attended the briefing at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.