Egyptian Ambassador in Dhaka Haytham Ghobashy on Wednesday said his country will continue its support to Bangladesh to send back the forcibly-displaced Rohingya people to their place of origin in Myanmar.
The newly-appointed envoy came up with the assurance when he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the Egyptian envoy highly praised the country's socio-economic development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister said the government is trying to implement the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman following his development path and plan.
The envoy mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as an "exemplary leader" of the Muslim Ummah.
He said though the bilateral relations of the two countries are based on trade and commerce, there are still a few other fields of mutual cooperation to strengthen the existing ties.
The envoy said Egypt can extend support to Bangladesh in safe water supply and construction of dams and barrages in addition to tourism.
The Prime Minister said the government has a plan to set up an exclusive tourist zone in Cox's Bazaar which would be especially for foreigners.
The envoy said Egyptian business firms could expand their business in Bangladesh along with the relocation of their factories and Bangladesh's support is needed to establish industry here.
Responding to it positively, the Prime Minister said they can do it in the special economic zones of Bangladesh. A lucrative market is here for foreign entrepreneurs as they can avail of the opportunity of grabbing a big market in South Asia, she added.
The envoy said Egypt will collaborate with Bangladesh in fighting international terrorism.
The Prime Minister told him that her government has a "zero-tolerance policy" against terrorism in its all forms.
Stating that there is no room of terrorism in the name of Islam, she said her government is constructing 560 model mosques across the country to spread the real messages of Islam.
The envoy said Egypt alongside other Eastern Mediterranean countries has made a platform called "Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum" for cooperation in natural gas, and urged Bangladesh to become an observer.
Lauding Bangladesh's tremendous economic development under Sheikh Hasina's leadership, he also laid emphasis on exchange of visits by trade bodies and businessmen to boost bilateral trade and commerce.
Prime Minister's Office Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Major General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury were present.