Maldives envoy presents credentials to President

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DHAKA, Dec 29, 2020 (BSS) – High Commissioner (HC) of the Maldives
to Bangladesh Shiruzimath Sameer today presented her credentials to
President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here today.

Welcoming the high commissioner, the President said Bangladesh as
one of the friendly countries, has been maintaining an excellent
bilateral relations with the Republic of Maldives since its very
beginning.

The bilateral ties have expanded over the years in various fields,
including trade and investment, President’s Press Secretary Mohammad
Joynal Abedin told BSS after the meeting.

Noting that Bangladesh now has many high quality institutions,
including medical, technical and technological, in the field of higher
education, President Hamid urged the new HC to take necessary steps on
using these.

Bangladesh produces, the President said, various international
quality products, including readymade garments, medicines, ceramics,
jute and jute-made goods, leather and leather-made products and
plastic items.

“The Maldives can import these products from Bangladesh, which will
help maintain the trade balance between the two countries as well as
increase bilateral trade ties in days to come,” he added.

The head of the state put emphasis on the mutual visits of the
representatives belonging to the public and private sectors between
the two countries.

He said Bangladesh and the Maldives are high vulnerable countries to
the climate change impact issue at present and stressed the need for a
joint-effort to address this issue in different regional and
international forums.

The newly appointed High Commissioner of the Maldives expressed her
gratitude to the government and people of Bangladesh for providing
various assistance including sending medical teams to the Maldives.

On COVID-19 pandemic issue, HC Sameer expressed her gratitude to the
government and people of Bangladesh for providing various assistances,
including sending medical teams to the Maldives.

During the meeting, Abdul Hamid assured the high commissioner of
providing all necessary cooperation as she (HC) sought all-out
cooperation of the President during her assignment in Bangladesh.

President’s Office Secretary Sampad Barua, Military Secretary Major
General SM Shamim-Uz-Zaman, Press Secretary Mohammad Joynal Abedin and
Secretary (attachment) Md Wahidul Islam Khan were also present on the
occasion.

Earlier, on her arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out
contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave
the commissioner guards of honour.