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Dhaka ready to welcome Qatar’s Emir; eye on broader cooperation

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Published: 17:02, 20 April 2024

Dhaka ready to welcome Qatar’s Emir; eye on broader cooperation

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Bangladesh has taken all necessary preparations to welcome Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who arrived on Monday on a visit which might see signing of nearly a dozen of cooperation documents to strengthen ties in multiple areas including trade and investment, officials said.

The government, in a gazette notification, has already declared the emir as a very important person during his two-day visit to Bangladesh.

Some of the Dhaka streets are seen decorated with the photos of Qatar emir, along with Bangladesh president and the prime minister ahead of the visit.

Such a high-level visit, which will last 24 hours, is taking place from friendly country Qatar nearly after 19 years.

The then Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani visited Bangladesh in April, 2005.

Foreign Ministry officials said the agreements and MoUs are likely to be signed on enhancing trade and investment, prisoners exchange, avoidance of double taxation, manpower export, cooperation in the field of religion and higher education.

However, the exact number of documents which will be signed between two countries could not be known.

"The visit will play a significant role in further strengthening the brotherly relations between the two countries," a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the media.

Apart from areas of cooperation on bilateral front, global issues including Palestine-Israel will also be discussed where Bangladesh will highlight its position, he said.

During his participation in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Türkiye last month, Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud emphasised the urgent need for a collective effort to end the ongoing genocide in Gaza, holding Israel accountable for committing crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin will receive the emir amid gun salute and a wider ceremony at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The emir is scheduled to arrive on Monday afternoon by a special flight.

On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive the Qatar emir at her office.