Irish Minister Simon Coveney to meet PM Hasina Monday

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UNB :
Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day official visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade and investment.

Additional Foreign Secretary (Bilateral-East and West) Dr Md. Nazrul Islam warmly welcomed the Irish Minister at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

State Minister for Commerce Ahasanul Islam (Titu), MP hosted an iftar-dinner in honor of the visiting Irish Minister Sunday evening at the State guesthouse Padma.

The Irish Minister is expected to pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi-32.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence on Monday morning.

The Irish Minister will also meet with Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and Private Industry and Investment Adviser to Prime Minister Salman F Rahman on Monday.

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He will inaugurate the new Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Dhaka and join St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Earlier, he visited India as part of his government’s St Patrick’s Day programme.

He will conduct a series of political, trade and Ireland-Bangladesh community meetings, according to the Irish government.

Ambassador of Ireland to India, Kevin Kelly says, “I am also glad that Minister Coveney will officially open Ireland’s first Honorary Consulate in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which is an important milestone in our relations with Bangladesh,” Kelly said.

In its desire to further expand the bilateral relations with Dhaka, Ireland has recently appointed Cosmos Group Deputy Managing Director Masud Jamil Khan its Honourary Consul in Bangladesh.

About the minister’s visit Khan said, “Building on the existing excellent relations, Bangladesh and Ireland have scope to work together to strengthen the bilateral ties tapping the potential of cooperation and collaboration in broad areas.”

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