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Signing of FTA among priority issues in FM’s meeting with Singapore president

President of Singapore Halimah Yacob has said they are impressed by the ongoing development and progress made by Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The President of Singapore and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen had a meeting at the Istana on Tuesday and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Dr Momen is now on an official visit to Singapore, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“We had a good discussion on bilateral cooperation including the opportunities for enhancing trade and investment between our countries,” President Yacob said in a post shared on her verified Facebook page.

She said they also discussed regional and global developments.

The President of Singapore highly praised the Government of Bangladesh for providing shelter to more than one million displaced Rohingyas.

Momen stressed the need for continued international pressure on the Myanmar government to repatriate the displaced Rohingya to their homeland Myanmar and sought cooperation of the Singapore government, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also requested the Government of Singapore to consider the proposal for Bangladesh’s inclusion as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner at the ASEAN.

President Halimah Yacob assured the Foreign Minister of all possible cooperation from the Government of Singapore in both cases.

The President of Singapore hoped that the cooperation and communication between the two friendly countries would be further strengthened on the golden jubilee of Bangladesh-Singapore diplomatic relations.

Finalization and signing of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, expanding Bangladesh’s labor market in Singapore, protection of expatriate workers, training opportunities in various sectors including agriculture, industry, education, medicine, energy and ICT were discussed.

Momen greeted the President of Singapore on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh and invited her to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time.

“I wish Dr Momen a pleasant stay in Singapore and a safe trip back home,” said the President.

Source: United News of Bangladesh