President Abdul Hamid returned home on Tuesday morning after health check-up in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A regular flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines Limited, carrying the President and his entourage, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport around 07:20 am.
Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the Prime Minister and senior civil and military officials welcomed the president at the airport.
Earlier, President Hamid left here for Dubai on October 14 evening for health check-up and the treatment of eyes.
President’s spouse Rashida Khanam and secretaries concerned to the Bangabhaban accompanied Abdul Hamid during his overseas treatment.
President Abdul Hamid expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Suddhananda Mahathero, foremost Buddhist religious leader and chief abbot of Kamalapur Dharmarajika Buddhist Mahabihar.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said Ekushey Padak-winning Buddhist Sangha Nayak Shuddhananda Mahathero played an important role in establishing peace and harmony along with spreading the teachings of Lord Buddha.
He prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved members of his family.
President Abdul Hamid urged his Uruguayan counterpart Luis Lacalle Pou to encourage his country’s entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh’s potent sectors such as energy, ICT and infrastructure.
The President said this at bilateral talks held at the Presidential Palace in Montevideo on Monday noon.
President Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the reporters after the meeting.
He said quoting the President that Bangladesh in the meantime set up 100 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) with the necessary opportunities for investment, where the foreign investors can invest there.
Congratulating the new President of Uruguay, Hamid said Bangladesh always gives priority to develop the bilateral as well as multilateral relationship among all countries across the world.
During the discussion on various bilateral issues between the two states, the President gave a salient feature of socio-economic development of Bangladesh, which has meantime attained a developing country status.
He told his host that Bangladesh produces world-class readymade garments (RMG), medicine and ceramic as well.
Stressing on the visit-exchange between the parliament members or public representatives and mass people of Bangladesh and Uruguay to utilize the potentials of the two countries, President Hamid called upon the Uruguayan Government to make obtaining the VISA easier for the diplomatic and official passport holders.
Mentioning the trained manpower of Bangladesh, he said they can play a very positive role in the development of Uruguay.
He also invited his Uruguayan counterpart to visit Bangladesh at a suitable time.
President Luis Pou expressed his gratitude to his Bangladeshi counterpart Hamid for joining his Presidential Command Transfer Ceremony and also expressed his positive attitude to invest in Bangladesh in the future.
Luis Pou reiterated his necessary supports in coming days on the Rohingya issue and hoped that relations between Montevideo and Dhaka in different fields would be expanded in future.
Uruguay President is very keen to sign a free trade deal between MERCOSUR and Bangladesh to enhance the bilateral and regional commerce.
MERCOSUR is an economic and political bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
During the meeting, Bangladesh Ambassador to Uruguay Md Julfikar Rahman and President’s Secretary Sampad Barua accompanied Abdul Hamid.
The President joined the state ceremony at Montevideo where Uruguay’s newly elected president Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party (PN) was sworn in on Sunday noon (Uruguay time) as President for the period of 2020-2025.