Qatar's ambassador to Bangladesh Saree bin Ali al-Qahtani has affirmed that the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Dhaka represents a significant milestone in bilateral relations between the countries, which extends for half a century, and embodies the mutual aspiration to move towards developing the ties in various fields.

In a statement, he told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Bangladesh coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, which have reached a distinguished level of co-operation and partnership in many fields, prompting more communication and building on the achievements achieved during this journey.

The visit reflects the insight and sound vision of Qatar's wise leadership, which is keen to strengthen the bonds of co-operation between Qatar and various countries of the world, in a way that enhances mutual interests and advances efforts for development, peace and global stability, al-Qahtani added.

He stressed that the visit of His Highness the Amir opens broad horizons of co-operation and partnership in the economic, trade and investment fields, especially in sectors that represent a priority for the two countries, thus pushing their relations towards more close and sustainable co-operation.

He said that several agreements and memoranda of understanding are expected to be signed in several fields significant to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

He pointed out that Qatar and Bangladesh have witnessed many prosperous milestones, as well as steady development over half a century in light of the mutual keenness to push them forward to reach the level of cooperation and partnership they have achieved in many fields.

He noted the many areas of co-operation that have witnessed great momentum over the past years, including the energy field, indicating that Qatar is the largest supplier of liquified natural gas to Bangladesh, which is the backbone of the economy, as it contributes to meeting its energy needs, and supports its development plans.

Co-operation in the field of labor has also witnessed growth over the past years, he said, explaining that Qatar has attracted and provided job opportunities for thousands of workers from Bangladesh. The total of Bangladesh workers approximates 400,000 and they receive great attention and care, he said, commending their contribution to the development process that the State of Qatar has been witnessing.

In a related context, he said that the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and Bangladesh reached more than $2bn in 2023, which reflects the continuous growth of trade exchanges.

Qatar's ambassador to Bangladesh concluded his statements by emphasising that the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Dhaka will inaugurate a new phase in the process of bilateral relations, in which existing co-operation in many fields will deepen, as well as open doors for co-operation and partnership in new fields that serve mutual interests.
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