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PM invited to Italy on official trip

DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
PM invited to Italy on official trip

The Italian prime minister has formally invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on a visit to Italy to strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries. The message was conveyed to foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen during his meeting in Rome on Monday with Manlio Di Stefano, undersecretary of state for foreign affairs of Italy.

Momen, who is on an official trip in Europe, met with Di Stefano at the Italian foreign ministry, a press release said. On receiving the invitation, the foreign minister expressed his thanks on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He said that the invitation had been received and accepted and that the Prime Minister would be happy to visit Italy on an official bilateral trip in the near future.

During the meeting, Momen informed the Italian undersecretary of state about the initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government to attract foreign investment. These include special economic zones and hi-tech parks, introduction of one-stop services, and offering tax incentives for setting up industries. He called upon Italian businesses to invest in Bangladesh to ensure benefits for both countries. On Dr Momen’s invitation, Di Stefano agreed to visit Bangladesh in 2020 with a business delegation from Italy. The foreign minister also briefed Di Stefano on the Rohingya crisis. He emphasised that the international community needs to put pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas who have sought shelter in Bangladesh. He also said that this should be carried out in a safe, dignified, and sustainable manner on an urgent basis.

The Italian undersecretary of state commended Bangladesh for its humanitarian role in providing shelter to the Rohingyas, adding that the Italian government strongly supports the Rohingya cause. He provided assurance that Italy, both within the European Union and separately, would continue to work towards ensuring an early resolution to the Rohingya crisis.

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