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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today urged the United Kingdom (UK) to make their visa processing more hassle free for the Bangladeshi nationals.


He made the urge referring to more than half a million strong British-
Bangladeshi in the UK while British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison
Blake paid a farewell call on him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, a
press release said.

During the meeting, the foreign minister thanked the British High
Commissioner for playing the pivotal role in mobilizing strong UK leadership
at the global level for finding a sustainable and peaceful solution to the
Rohingya crisis.

Momen sought the UK government’s support to encourage more investment by
the British companies in Bangladesh.

On Foreign Minister’s reference to post-Brexit trade preferences for
Bangladesh, the High Commissioner reassured that Bangladesh would continue to
enjoy EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) like trade preferences until an even
better deal is being worked out between the two countries.

Referring to the upcoming third Strategic Dialogue between Bangladesh and
the UK to be held in April 2019 in Dhaka, Blake termed it as a “wonderful
framework” for in-depth review of bilateral relations between the two
countries.

She also called on the state minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam
and thanked him for all the support during her tenure in Bangladesh.

They exchanged views on current political relations including high number
of incoming visits from UK over past few years, Rohingya crisis, countering
terrorism and upcoming Cricket World Cup in the UK.

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque hosted a farewell lunch in honour of
the outgoing envoy at the State Guest House Padma where senior government
officials, members of the diplomatic corps and business leaders were present.

High Commissioner Alison Blake presented her Letters of Credence to the
Hon’ble President on January 19, 2016 and is scheduled to depart the country
on March 7, 2019 after end of her duty tour.

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