By Staff Reporter - Riyadh
Bangladesh condemns Houthi missile attack in National Day address in Riyadh

Bangladesh expressed its severe condemnation on the recent multiple ballistic missile attacks by the Houthi rebels aimed at Riyadh.
The country’s Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Golam Moshi voiced his protest when he was delivering his welcome address at the inauguration of the 47th National and Independence Day celebrations of Bangladesh at the Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.
More than 500 guests attended the reception hosted by Ambassador Moshi to mark his country’s annual celebrations. Attendees included government officials, diplomats, well-wishers and community members.
On behalf of Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, Special Advisor and General Supervisor of the Office of the Governor of Riyadh Sahmi bin Shuaimi bin Fuaiz graced the event.
Expressing his deep condemnation on the attacks by the Houthis, Moshi said missile attacks were however successfully intercepted by the Saudi Air Defense forces. “We stand by the people and government of Saudi Arabia in their effort to counter such aggressive acts that threatens regional peace and stability,” he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made two successful visits to the Kingdom, one in June 2016 and second one in May 2017. During those visits, he pointed out that the premier had fruitful discussions with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman to further intensify relations between the two brotherly nations.
“The Bangladesh Prime Minister assured all support and cooperation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including deployment of Bangladeshi soldiers to protect Two Holy sites of Islam as and when asked for,” he noted.
“I am happy to inform you that the 12th session of the Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission held in Riyadh two weeks ago,  agreed to enhance cooperation in all important areas including manpower, human-resource development and trade and investment,” he stressed.
The envoy said the joint technical committee on labor issues (including domestic workers) was also held where it was agreed to introduce transparent procedures for manpower recruitment, to provide adequate training for Saudi-bound Bangladeshi workers, and to reduce the cost of migration.
He said that this year’s celebration of independence has added a special significance as the UN declared in mid-March that Bangladesh met the criteria for graduating from the status of lower developing country (LDC) to that of developing country. “This is certainly a joyous occasion for all Bangladeshi nationals, at home and abroad. It was achieved due to the visionary leadership of Premier Sheikh Hasina over the past nine years, he noted.
 “Under her leadership, Bangladesh followed pragmatic development strategies that resulted in inclusive economic growth, structural transformation and remarkable social progress. Bangladesh met all three criteria for graduation from LDC.”
The ambassador also registered his deep appreciation to the Kingdom for its whole hearted support in resolving the Rohingya crisis. “We are grateful to international community for their widespread support on this critical issue and I am happy to inform that significant progress has been made so far in this regard,” he added.
The diplomat also took the opportunity to announce that Bangladesh will assume the Chairmanship of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in May 2018, and hope to work with the Kingdom  as well as all OIC Member States to move forward the cause of Muslim Ummah with a theme ‘Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development’.
“Bangladesh can work with the Kingdom to realize  the Saudi Vision 2030 with new engagement and cooperation in many areas,” he said, adding that his country moves forward seeking cooperation toward  achieving Bangladesh’s Vision 2021 (of emergence as a Middle Income Country) and the Vision 2041 (of emergence as a developed country) announced by Sheikh Hasina.
Over last 47 years, he said, Bangladesh has achieved significant progress in economic and social sectors. Bangladesh is now one of top troops contributing countries for UN peacekeeping operations around the world with good reputation. “We are also exporting quality medicine with a competitive price to more than 100 countries including USA, Europe and the Gulf. We built our own frigates for Bangladesh Navy and added submarines to our naval force given the new economic opportunities in the Bay of Bengal.”
“We hope to see stronger and robust bilateral ties with the Kingdom  in the coming days in all areas, particularly in the field of trade, investment, manpower and human resources development, education, ICT and defense cooperation,” he concluded.

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