The honorable Foreign Minister of Palestine Dr. Riad N A Maliki, along with his delegation, have recently visited to Dhaka, Bangladesh for the first time to attend the Ninth GFMD summit, 2016. He took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Ninth GFMD Summit, 2016 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka on 10 December, 2016. The Director General of Palestinian International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Imad M M Zuahiri, The Head of South Asia Division of Palestinian Foreign Ministry, Ms. Rima Yousef Tayem and the Head of Palestinian Diplomatic Mission in Dhaka Mr. Yousef S Y Ramadan were along with him as delegation members.
During his visit, the Palestinian delegation has had two separate bilateral meetings on the event venue in the afternoon time.
The first one was with the Indian foreign delegation where they have discussed about the developing the relationship with India. Also political consultation was discussed and both sides agreed that it would further streamline the consultation mechanism.
Later, the Palestinian delegation met with the honorable foreign minister of Bangladesh Mr. A.H. Mahmood Ali. Both the ministers discussed how to further develop the bilateral cooperation between Palestine and Bangladesh. Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali assured the delegation of Palestine to provide every possible best support for the brotherly nation. Both sides agreed to translate the excellent cooperation and understanding at various levels including the business and people in general.
On 11 December, 2016, in the morning, the Palestinian delegation team met with Mr. Nasrul Hamid, the honorable state minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh at his place in Dhaka. Over there, the discussion on development in energy sector of Bangladesh and Palestinian contribution had been discussed between the parties. After the meeting, the Palestinian delegation team went to meet with Mr. Tofael Ahmed, honorable Minister of Commerce in Bangladesh at his office. Both the parties discussed about the foreign trade and investments prospects and aspects in Bangladesh. Also, they have discussed about the foreign investment in Bangladesh particularly in Energy sector and others.
Later in the afternoon, the Palestinian delegation went to Gonobhaban to meet the honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. Over there, the Palestinian foreign minister presented some copies the Book “The Unfinished Memories” by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman translated into Arabic. Dr Malki said they have published the books in Arabic and are distributing books to other Arab countries. “We have also requested other Arab nations to publish the book.”If necessary we could supply the books,” he said. The premier later handed over a book with autograph to the Palestinian foreign minister for their President Mahmud Abbas. She also presented a book with autograph to Dr Malki.
The Palestinian foreign minister paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu and said the people of his country hold the great leader in high esteem. “What Bangabandhu done for the people is unique,” he said. He also recalled Bangabandhu’s special friendship with Palestinian legendary leader Yasir Arafat. “It was special friendship and now it’s our responsibility to take care and protect this relationship,” he said.
The Palestinian foreign minister put emphasis on cooperation between the two countries on agriculture sector. He also highly appreciated the training being provided to the Palestinian armed forces personnel in Bangladesh. “It’s very good and standard training,” he remarked.
Dr Malki highly lauded Bangladesh’s strong support to Palestine, saying that: “You (Sheikh Hasina) are always vocal against Israeli atrocities in our country.”We are happy that Bangladesh always extends strong support to us,” he added.
In this connection, the prime minister said she will always raise voice when the Palestinian women and children were killed by the Israeli occupation forces.
PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Jainul Abedin and PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum were present on the occasion.
Later on that night, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh and State of Palestine signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on strengthening the bilateral relationship to enhance the economic, mutual and commercial cooperation in the areas of trade & investment and power generation between the two brotherly countries. Honorable Foreign Minister of Palestine H.E. Dr. Riad N A Malki and Honorable State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh H.E. Mr. Nasrul Hamid, led their respective sides by signing on behalf of their Government.