POST TIME: 19 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
UAE to consider manpower export, investment requests
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Nahyan assures PM Hasina
UNB, Abu Dhabi

UAE to consider manpower export, investment requests

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds a talk with her UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the vice-president of the country and ruler of Dubai, at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Sheikh Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain (left) was also present on the occasion. Focus bangle Photo

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan yesterday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the UAE will give due consideration to Bangladesh's demands, including manpower export and increasing investment.

The Crown Prince made the assurance during a meeting with the Prime Minister at his Royal Palace. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque briefed reporters where PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim was present. He said there will be a foreign office consultation today between the two countries. "This is very much unusual as normally a foreign office consultation doesn't take place during the Prime Minister's visit," he said.

The foreign secretary mentioned that the UAE insisted that Bangladesh hold the consultation meeting at the technical level. During the meeting, the Crown Prince invited the Prime Minister to attend a weekly meeting, called majlish, with the local representatives of his areas. At the majlish, he introduced

the Prime Minister with local representatives.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan also offered the Prime Minister to sit beside him during the meeting time.

He said Sheikh Hasina was at the meeting for 30 minutes when both of them talked on many issues closely.

The issues include how the UAE could help Bangladesh in its development, further enhance invest in Bangladesh and how the UAE can help Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.

The Prime Minister said some 40,000 Rohingya children were born in Bangladesh in the last 18 months.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince wanted to know about the possible way of solution to the issue, and enquired about how he could help Bangladesh develop community clinics.

The Prime Minister sought the UAE cooperation in repatriating around one million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.

Shahidul Haque said the UAE is always active over the issue. They will know what they can do for resolving the issue. "They'll take new programmes to help Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingyas issue," he added.

About the manpower issue, the Crown Prince said they will discuss the matter giving utmost importance.

He said he will visit Bangladesh and wanted to know from the Prime Minister when it will be suitable for him to make the visit.

In reply, Sheikh Hasina said the winter season will be better for his visit. The Crown Prince said he can visit Bangladesh during the rainy season, too. "I have no problem from my side," he said.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan gave a

picture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his father that was taken during Bangabandhu's visit here to the Prime Minister as gift.