The outgoing Spanish Ambassador Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate paid his farewell courtesy call on the Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen yesterday afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen commended Spanish government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID19 pandemic, and also apprised the Ambassador of the government of Bangladesh’s timely and effective policies in this regard, according to Press Release of MoFa.
Spanish Ambassador informed that many people died of COVID19 in Spain, and its tourism sector has been hit hard by COVID19, leaving many people jobless. However, Spain will need seasonal workers for agriculture in summer season.
Foreign Minister requested the Ambassador to consider employing seasonal workers from Bangladesh as they have already expertise in agriculture sector. Reiterating Bangladesh’s commitment to combat the devastating effects of climate change, Foreign Minister recalled the successful visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh to attend the COP25 in Madrid in December 2019.
The Foreign Minister and Spanish Ambassador, both expressed that arrangement of VVIP level visit between Bangladesh and Spain may elevate existing bilateral relations to a newer height.
Mentioning the existing investment-friendly schemes of Bangladesh, Foreign Minister called for more investments from Spain as well as sharing expertise, especially in energy and tourism sector with Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladesh has exported 6.5 million PPE to USA as well as supplied medicines, such as Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine to some countries during COVID-19 pandemic. Spain may rely on Bangladesh if PPE and other pharmaceutical products related to prevention/treatment COVID-19 need to be imported.
Foreign Minister thanked Spanish government’s continued support for Rohingya issue. He further appealed for imposing economic sanction on Myanmar by the international community so that Myanmar abide by its commitment for safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya people. Finally, Spanish Ambassador expressed his gratitude for the all-out support extended during his tenure in Dhaka and Foreign Minster wished him success in his future assignments.