The outgoing Non-resident Ambassador of Bangladesh to Slovenia Md Abu Zafar held a farewell meeting with the Slovenian President Borut Pahor on June 17 in Ljubljana. He also made a farewell visit to the Slovenian National Assembly Speaker Igor Zorčič on 16 June.
During his meeting with Borut Pahor, Ambassador Zafar expressed his gratitude for the support and cooperation extended to him during his tenure, said a press release issued by Bangladesh Embassy and Permanent Mission in Vienna on Monday.
The Slovenian president also highly appreciated the excellent ties between the two countries.
Borut Pahor rendered an award, a bird of gratitude signed by him, to Ambassador Zafar as the recognition of his services for taking the bilateral relations to a new height.
He appreciated Bangladesh's remarkable socio-economic progress in recent times under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
And Ambassador Zafar briefed him about the current status of the Rohingya crisis and sought Slovenian support in the European Union (EU) and other international forums for immediate and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas to their ancestral land in Myanmar.
Borut Pahor promised all possible support to Bangladesh in this regard.
Also, Ambassador Zafar told the Slovenian president that Bangladesh can provide skilled and semi-skilled workers to the country to boost its economic activities.
However, Slovenia will assume the presidency of the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2021.
The ambassador requested the Slovenian government to extend its full support and cooperation during the future EU deliberations and decisions on the whole range of policy support and operational cooperation to least developed countries (LDCs) – particularly the ones in transition so that Bangladesh can successfully attain its transition from an LDC to a developing one in 2024 and beyond.
During his meeting with Igor Zorčič, the ambassador also told him that Bangladesh is ready to provide Remdesivir and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Slovenia at a competitive price.
Slovenia can import vegetables and fish from Bangladesh at a reasonable price as well, he said.
Ambassador Zafar is expected to take up the new assignment of Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE soon.