To make Portuguese universities more accessible to Bangladeshi students, Bangladesh has urged the government of Portugal to open an Embassy in Dhaka or offer periodic consular services in Dhaka from the Portuguese Embassy in New Delhi.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam raised the issue during his meeting with Vice President of the Assembly of Republic of Portugal Adao Jose Fonseca Silva at the Parliament of Portugal in Lisbon on Wednesday.
The idea was welcomed by the Vice President of the Assembly, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.
Discussing global issues of mutual concern, the State Minister sought continued support of Portugal on the issue of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals at the international level.
During the talks, the Vice President acknowledged the contribution of Bangladeshi expatriates in Portugal and the robust people-to-people ties existing between the countries.
The State Minister proposed the formation of an Inter-Parliament Friendship Group as a forum to foster contacts and exchanges between the two Parliaments in the near future.
The Vice President responded positively to the proposal and agreed to work on it.
The State Minister, now on a four-day official visit to Portugal, apprised him of Bangladesh’s impressive economic growth under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and its plans for continued progress in post-LDC period.
The Vice President stressed for a high level participation from Bangladesh side for the upcoming Second UN Ocean Summit to be held from 27th June to 1st July in Portugal.
The State Minister was accompanied by Bangladesh Ambassador to Lisbon Tarik Ahsan and other officials.
During the visit, Bangladesh State Minister is also scheduled to meet with Portugal’s Minister of Economy and Sea as well as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, apart from attending other engagements.
Source: United News of Bangladesh