Rohingya, labour market to get priority in PM’s Germany, UAE visits

The ongoing Rohingya crisis and creating new job opportunities for Bangladeshi workers will get top priority during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit in Germany and the UAE respectively starting from Thursday.

The Prime Minister will discuss Rohingya and regional security issues at different sessions of Munich security conference in Germany, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said while talking to newsmen at a press briefing at Foreign Affairs Ministry.

‘Rohingya crisis and other major bilateral issues between Bangladesh and Germany, including trade and diversified investment, are likely to be discussed during the meeting between our Prime Minister and German Chancellor,’ Dr Momen said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend as panellist at “Climate Change as a Security Threat” and ‘Health Security Roundtable’ sessions of the conference that has been termed as the ‘Best Think Tank Conference’ on global security discussion across the world.

From Munich, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will arrive in Abu Dhabi in the morning on February 17 and attend the opening session of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

“The issues of exporting more manpower to the UAE as well as Rohingya crisis will get priority during the Prime Minister’s visit to the UAE,” Momen said.

Referring to a MOU signed between Bangladesh and UAE regarding recruitment of Bangladesh manpower to the oil-rich nation, the second largest market for Bangladeshi workers, the foreign minister hoped that the Prime Minister’s visit will open new avenues towards exporting manpower to the UAE.

During the UAE visit, the Bangladesh Prime Minister is likely to hold meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and bilateral talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and other leaders.

Sheikh Hasina will have an audience with Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, Wife of Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder and the Inaugural President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi at Al Bahar Palace.

The prime minister will join a community event to be held at St Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel where she will stay during the visit.

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