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PM seeks Hungary's support for duty-free access to EU

Wednesday September 07 2005 08:47:33 AM BDT

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday sought support of Hungary for duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to the market of European Union (EU). She also urged Hungary to import more Bangladeshi goods when the newly appointed Delhi-based Hungarian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Ivan Nemeth, called on her at the Prime Minister's Office in the afternoon.

Bangladesh is now producing many quality goods and exporting those to many countries, the Prime Minister said and suggested that Hungary can import medicines, jute, jute goods, leather and leather goods from here.

She said the long friendly relations between Bangladesh and Hungary would be strengthened further through increased trade and commerce.

They new envoy, who presented his credentials to President on Monday, said he would try to consolidate further the existing excellent bilateral ties and expand trade in his tenure. Begum Zia assured the new envoy of all cooperation from the government in discharging his duties.

She requested him to convey her regards to Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom and Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany. They envoy also conveyed best wishes of the President and Prime Minister of Hungary to Begum Zia.

Meanwhile, New Hungarian ambassador to Bangladesh Ivan Nemeth paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan at his office here yesterday.

The foreign minister extended hearty welcome to the envoy and assured him of all cooperation during his tenure here, an official press release said.

He observed that there was enormous potential to work together for the betterment of peoples of both the countries.

Morshed Khan emphasized more interactions among business communities of the two countries to further strengthen economic cooperation.

Highlighting the liberal investment policy of Bangladesh and the opportunities being provided to foreign investors, he sought greater investment from Hungary to Bangladesh.

He requested Hungary to enhance import of Bangladeshi products like porcelain and pharmaceuticals. The foreign minister also requested the ambassador to take necessary steps to establish an honorary consulate in Dhaka for mutual benefits, especially to boost economic cooperation.

They expressed confidence that the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries would be strengthened in the days to come.


The Independent / AGENCIES, DHAKA

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