Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Bulgarian Ambassador Eleonora Dimitrova. COURTESY
Bangladesh and Bulgaria will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries this year. Bangladesh and Bulgaria established diplomatic relations on 26 January 1972 while the two countries have decided to take up a number of initiatives to further strengthen bilateral partnership.
This was discussed while Bulgarian Ambassador Eleonora Dimitrova called on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at foreign ministry Wednesday.
Foreign Minister and the Bulgarian Ambassador recalled the official visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Sofia in May 2016 to attend the Global Women Leader's Forum and her meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
The proposal of naming a street in Sofia after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a road in Dhaka after the forefather of the Bulgarian National Revival, St. Paisiy Hilendarski has been discussed and both side agreed, in principle, to work on that.
Dr Momen appreciated Bulgarian support in various regional and in international forum and sought their support for Bangladesh's candidature to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2023-25. Bulgarian Ambassador expressed willingness to employ Bangladeshi workers especially in the garments sector in Bulgaria.
The foreign minister emphasized on regular exchange of business delegation between the two countries and highlighting the excellent trade opportunities in Bangladesh. He requested the Ambassador to encourage Bulgarian investors to invest in Bangladesh. Bulgarian Ambassador requested that Bangladesh can consider importing edible sunflower oil and corn from Bulgaria.