Bangladesh will be given necessary fuel: Emir of Qatar
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that Bangladesh will be given the necessary fuel.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is on a visit to Doha, held a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the 'Amir-e-Dewan' of Qatar on Wednesday (May 24) at noon local time.
In the meeting, Emir of Qatar said that a new agreement on more energy supply to Bangladesh is being discussed. He promised that as a friendly country, Qatar will provide all kinds of support to Bangladesh. The meeting discussed various issues including energy, investment, Bangladeshi manpower in Qatar, various problems of the Muslim Ummah, development and bilateral cooperation.
At the end of the meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AK Abdul Momen briefed the journalists. He said that this meeting which was held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere was successful.
Dr. Momen said, Qatar Emir's promise is a big achievement for Bangladesh. This new agreement (Bangladesh-Qatar) can be signed anytime soon.
Bangladesh is currently importing 1.8 to 2.5 million metric tons of fuel from Qatar under a 15-year agreement in 2017. But Bangladesh is expecting more LNG.
Appreciating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership, Emir of Qatar said, they once knew that Bangladesh was a disaster and poverty-stricken country. But after Sheikh Hasina came to power, she eliminated the food crisis in Bangladesh.
In this context, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that in the last 14 and half years, her government has brought down the poverty rate from 41 percent to 18.7 percent and the extreme poverty rate from 25 percent to 5.6 percent.
Sheikh Hasina said, 'My only goal in life is to build a hunger-poverty-free developed Bangladesh as dreamed by the Father of the Nation. The current government has made progress in several areas. But my work is not finished. I want to work more. But I can't do it alone. I need your (Emir of Qatar) cooperation. We need more investment.'
Mentioning that Bangladesh is open for foreign investment, the Prime Minister urged Qatar to bring in large investments for mutual benefit.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited the Emir of Qatar to visit Bangladesh this year. In response, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said, of course he will visit Bangladesh.
Regarding the Muslim Ummah, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that in many cases, Muslim countries get involved in conflicts over minor issues, which is an obstacle to the unity of the Muslim Ummah. Sheikh Hasina requested the Emir of Qatar to work for the unity of the Muslim Ummah for the development of the world Muslim community.
In response, the Emir of Qatar said that he may not be able to unite the Muslim Ummah. But he will work for the unity and progress of the Muslim Ummah.
Regarding expatriate Bangladeshis, the Emir of Qatar said, currently there are about 370,000 manpower in Qatar. They are a blessing for Qatar. Qatar is going to take up new projects where Bangladeshis can work, the Emir mentioned.
Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Qatar Foundation's special needs children's school 'Awsaz Academy'. This school has 500 students aged 3 to 25 years and 185 teachers.
Sheikh Hasina visited some classrooms of this academy and spoke to the students. The Prime Minister was presented with the pictures painted by the students of this school. The Prime Minister also presented 4 pictures drawn by autistic children of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina wants assistance from Qatar in establishing such schools in Bangladesh and early detection of autism in children and training of Bangladeshi autism school teachers. The school authorities and Qatar Foundation assured the Prime Minister of providing such assistance.