Bangladeshi gov't decides to reopen embassy in Afghanistan
The Bangladeshi caretaker government decided to re-open the Bangladesh Embassy in Afghanistan and open new ones in Greece, Sudan and Sierra Leone aiming to boost economic and bilateral relations with these four countries, reported Xinhua.
The council of advisers of the caretaker government at its meeting Sunday took the decision of establishing the new embassies in Athens, the capital of Greece, in Khartoum of Sudan and in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and re-establishing the embassy in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, leading newspaper The Independent reported Monday.
Presided over by Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, the council meeting approved proposals placed by the Foreign Ministry for opening and re-opening the Bangladesh missions.
About the setting up of new embassy in Greece, the advisory council was apprised that presently over 20,000 Bangladeshi expatriates live in Greece, and the number is on the increase. Following the setting up of the embassy, there is scope for immigration of increased number of Bangladeshis to Greece while trade, economic and bilateral relations would increase with the country.
Regarding embassy in Freetown, it was apprised that there are huge potentials, good reputation of Bangladesh UN peacekeepers in Sierra Leone and possibility of export of Bangladesh pharmaceuticals.
Sudan is an oil-rich country wherein about 4,000 Bangladeshis live.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Afghanistan was closed down in 1989 due to war in that country.