DHAKA, Feb 20, 2020 – (BSS) – Resident ambassador of Turkey and Australian
High Commissioner to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to
President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here this afternoon.
The envoys are: Mustafa Osman Turan of Turkey and Jeremy Christopher
Courtenay Bruer of Australia. Welcoming the envoys, the President hoped that
the bilateral relations with the countries will further be expanded during
their respective assignments here, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin
told BSS after the meeting.
During the meeting with the Turkish ambassador, the President described
the existing excellent bilateral relation between Bangladesh and Turkey as
historic and very ancient as well.
The head of the state mentioned that there many similarities in culture and
heritages in many aspects between the two countries.
“The existing bilateral relation between the countries would be
strengthened gradually,” he added.
Referring to the Rohingya problem in Bangladesh, the President expressed
his gratitude to the Turkish government to provide supports in this
President Hamid also invited Turkish President to attend the upcoming D-8
summit scheduled to be held in Dhaka.
“There is enormous scope of exploring the commerce and investment
potentials between the two countries but this is yet to reflect in reality”,
the President said, asking the new ambassadors to work on it being an
The ambassador said Turkey always gives priority to the bilateral relation
with Bangladesh. He would take all necessary steps to enhance the trade and
investment between Bangladesh and Turkey in the days to come.
Meanwhile, during the meeting with Australian high commissioner, Abdul
Hamid said Australia is one of the development partners of Bangladesh.
President Hamid thanked the Australian government and its people to
provide all-out support to different development sectors in Bangladesh.
He specially expressed his thanks to the Australian government to allow
Bangladeshi goods as duty-free and quota-free access to their country, which
helped increase bilateral commerce relations between Bangladesh and
The President hoped that this bilateral tie would enhance in coming days.
Terming the existing Rohingya problem as a big one, the President
expressed optimism that Australia would help create conducive environment in
the Rakhine State for their (Rohingyas) safe, secure and dignified
The high commissioner said that his country always gives priority to
maintain good bilateral relation with Bangladesh and his country’s
cooperation would continue to enhance bilateral tie during his assignment
Both the envoys sought cooperation from the President during their
respective assignments in Bangladesh and the President assured them of
providing all sorts of cooperation from his side.
Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of the Foreign
Ministry were present.
Earlier, on their arrivals at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent
of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys guards of
honour as part of the ceremony.