Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen urged Malaysia to continue supporting the repatriation of Rohingyas during a phone call with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday January 27.
They also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest between the countries, a press release said.
Dr. Momen congratulated his Malaysian counterpart on the auspicious occasion of the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Malaysia this year and expressed satisfaction with the current level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The two foreign ministers agreed to celebrate the historic occasion in a dignified manner.
Saifuddin Abdullah praised the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Malaysia, stressing the importance of elevating the relationship to a “strategic level”.
Welcoming the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, Dr. Momen appreciated the Malaysian government’s decision to open up recruitment opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in all sectors of the economy.
He expressed the willingness of the Government of Bangladesh to contribute to Malaysia’s economic growth and business by sending more workers through safe and regular migration channels. In this regard, he requested the Malaysian Foreign Minister to consider recruiting IT-trained manpower from Bangladesh.
Saifuddin Abdullah stressed the importance of expanding cooperation in the field of digital economy by forging closer cooperation between the ICT authorities of the two countries.
Dr Momen also thanked the Malaysian government for donating over half a million Covid-19 vaccines.
Highly admiring Bangladesh’s role in hosting displaced Rohingyas, Saifuddin said the whole world is grateful to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his huge humanitarian gesture in hosting more than 1.1 million displaced people from Myanmar.
The two foreign ministers stressed the importance of expediting the process of speedily concluding the proposed free trade agreement to further facilitate trade and commerce between the two countries.
Dr Momen has sought Malaysia’s support for Bangladesh’s bid in various international and global forums. He also called for Malaysia’s support for Bangladesh’s application for the ASEAN Sector Dialogue Partnership.
The two foreign ministers also agreed to work to exchange more high-level visits to inject bilateral ties with additional dynamism and new directions.
As Dr. Momen invited Saifuddin to visit Bangladesh on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of diplomatic relations, the latter agreed to visit Bangladesh at a time of mutual convenience.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged New Year’s greetings during the call.