|Relationship with Kazakhstan would grow further|
|Saturday, 19 April 2008|
Newly appointed non-resident ambassador of Kazakhstan Bakhitbek Shabarbayev Thursday presented his credential to President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban, reports agency.
Welcoming the new envoy, the President expressed happiness over the existing friendly and cordial bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Kazakhstan.
He also expressed the hope that the relationship between the two countries would be further deepened in the days to come.
President Iajuddin called upon the ambassador to lend his efforts to exploit the existing potentials for the betterment of the two countries by boosting bilateral trade.
He mentioned that there is a tremendous scope for increasing trade flow between the two countries and hoped that Kazakhstan would import more Bangladeshi products including jute, jute goods, tea, medicine and garments.
He also emphasized the need for bilateral agreement on trade and economic cooperation, cultural exchange programme and formation of joint economic commission to strengthen the relations further between the two countries.
Dr Iajuddin said that Kazakhstan could be benefited by importing skilled manpower like engineers, doctors and teachers from Bangladesh.
The President also briefed the envoy about the holding of next general elections by December this year.
He also apprised the ambassador of Bangladesh’s policy to promote and maintain friendly relations with all countries and its role in UN peacekeeping mission.
The envoy, who resides in Islamabad, praised Bangladesh’s role in different international issues and its effort to strengthen democracy.
He hoped that Bangladesh would be able to hold free, fair and neutral general elections by December.
Bakhitbek Shabarbayev also expressed his satisfaction over the brotherly relation between Bangladesh and Kazakhstan and hoped that the bilateral relations would be strengthened further in the coming days.
Military Secretary to the President Major General Mohd Aminul Karim, Secretary Md Sirajul Islam, Foreign Secretary Touhid Hosain and Press Secretary Abdul Awal Howlader were present.
Earlier, on his arrival at Bangabhaban, a smart contingent of President’s Guard Regiment gave the Kazakh ambassador a guard of honor.
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