“We could jointly explore cooperation in the fields of education, IT and other sectors,” Plevneliev told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she met him at the Bulgarian presidency building on Wednesday afternoon.
He also described Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the great leader of the people of the world at large.
Earlier, the Bulgarian President and the Prime Minister also had an exclusive meeting.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Bulgarian president going beyond the standard protocol received the Prime Minister on the corridor of the Presidency building.
The Bulgarian President was assisted by two of his advisers on foreign policy and Bulgarian non-resident ambassador to Bangladesh during the meeting.
Praising Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, Plevneliev appreciated the rapid economic development of Bangladesh over the last few years. “Many nations could learn from Bangladesh,” he was quoted as saying.
Mentioning that a meaningful cooperation is possible between Bulgaria and Bangladesh in many sectors, the President said Bulgaria is also doing well in the context of Europe.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s call for recruiting skilled manpower from Bangladesh, the President said that they usually provide ‘blue card’ for the seasonal migrant workers for a shorter period in their country without elaborating further on the issue.
Expressing her gratitude for the support that Bulgaria had provided during the War of Liberation in 1971, the Prime Minister said, “Bulgaria has a special place in our hearts.”
She recalled that Bulgaria was the fourth country in the world and the 2nd in Europe to recognise Bangladesh after its Liberation War in 1971.
Hasina also recalled that the government of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had put such level of importance towards developing relations with Bulgaria and other countries of East Europe.
But after the assassination of Father of the Nation with most of his family members in 1975, this momentum was lost, she said.
Hasina also emphasised that Bangladesh from now on could forge cooperation with Bulgaria in sectors like agriculture, ICT and tourism. Bangladesh also wants to share its experience with Bulgaria in various socio-economic fields, she added.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki and Bangladesh Ambassador to Bulgaria M Allama Siddiki were, among others, present.
JULY 30, 2016