Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte has formally invited his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina to visit his country in a move to further strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries.
Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Manlio De Stefano conveyed the message to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen during a meeting between them at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome on Monday. Dr Momen is on an official trip in Europe.
Dr Momen, on behalf of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, thanked the Italian prime minister and informed that the invitation has been received and accepted, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be happy to visit Italy on official bilateral trip at a mutually convenient date in the near future.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister informed Italian Undersecretary of State about the initiatives taken by the Government of Bangladesh to attract foreign investment, including the special economic zones, one-stop-service, hi-tech parks, the tax incentives offered for setting up industries etc. He called upon Italian businesses to invest in Bangladesh for win-win situation. At the invitation of Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Undersecretary of State De Stafano agreed to visit Bangladesh in 2020 with a business delegation from Italy.
Foreign Minister also briefed Manlio De Stefano on the Rohingya crisis, and emphasized that the international community needs to put strong pressure on Myanmar for taking the Rohingyas refugees back from Bangladesh in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner on an urgent basis. Italian Undersecretary of State commended the humanitarian role of Bangladesh in providing shelter to Rohingyas, and informed that the Government of Italy strongly supports the cause of Rohingyas. He assured that Italy, both within the EU and also separately, will keep on pursuing for early resolution of the Rohingya crisis.