Indonesian envoy calls on foreign minister


DHAKA, Feb 16, 2020 (BSS)- Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno today called on the Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

Momen welcomed the Indonesian envoy to Bangladesh and recalled the warm and friendly bilateral relations between the two countries, which are bound by common religious, cultural and historical traits, a press release said.

Terming Indonesia as Bangladesh’s important bilateral trading partner, the foreign minister suggested that the trade imbalance could be reduced if Indonesia invests in Bangladesh where a business friendly environment is prevailing.

The Indonesian Ambassador said that Bangladesh has attained miraculous economic progress.

She appreciated the Bangladeshi technicians and professionals who work in the IT sector in Indonesia and hoped that Bangladesh would invest more in the garment and processed food sectors in Indonesia.

Momen noted that pharmaceutical products of Bangladesh are currently meeting 97 percent of local demand and are exported to 144 countries.

He requested Indonesia to ease the registration process for Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products in Indonesia.

The foreign minister thanked Indonesia for the humanitarian support extended to the Rohingyas and sought political support from Indonesia on the repatriation issue.

He requested Indonesia to remain pro-active in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) platform to convince Myanmar for creating a conducive environment for a safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Momen suggested that an ASEAN led observer team may be deployed in the Rakhine State to oversee the repatriation process.

The Ambassador assured to remain engaged on the issue and continue Indonesia’s support for a durable solution to the crisis.

Momen invited Indonesian President and Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh this year to celebrate the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Ambassador also invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Indonesia.