ABU DHABI, 7th February, 2018 (WAM) — The Ministerial Meeting of the Fourth Session of the UAE-Bangeladesh Joint Committee was held yesterday in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, the Emirati side was chaired by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and the Bangladeshi side by Muhammad Abdul Mannan, State Minister of Finance and Planning.
Dr. Gargash said that this meeting represents an opportunity to promote and develop bilateral relations, pointing out that the meetings of the joint committees are an effective platform to discuss proposals and practical solutions to boost cooperation.
He expressed his hope for further cooperation with Bangladesh in various fields, mainly trade and investment, energy and renewable energy, transport, culture and tourism, security and defence, agriculture, the environment and the development sector.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that the UAE and Bangladesh have historical relations based on understanding, mutual respect and common desire to promote bilateral cooperation and achieve the ambitions and directives of the senior leadership in both countries.
He also expressed UAE’s appreciation for the humanitarian efforts of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingya refugees by providing them with basic needs and materials. Gargash then highlighted the UAE’s undertaking of humanitarian, relief and development programmes and its active commitment to peacekeeping, refugee protection and post-conflict reconstruction.
Dr. Gargash noted that the volume of non-oil trade between the UAE and Bangladesh reached US$1.2 billion in 2016, stressing the importance of strengthening economic relations between the two countries and enhancing mechanisms and ways to promote trade exchange, stimulate mutual investments, boost bilateral cooperation and increase direct flights between the two countries.
In the field of aviation, he said that the number of national airline flights reached 86 flights per week for the winter season, emphasising the importance of the aviation sector as a crucial element in boosting economic, trade, investment and tourism relations between the two countries.