Bangladesh an emerging big monetary force, says Iranian ambassador

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Iranian ambassador to Bangladesh Mohammad Reza Nafar reported that Iran wished to engage deeply with Bangladesh in the energy sector and make the bilateral trade level of several US$ billions noting that Bangladesh would emerge as a huge economic force on earth, especially in the region. 

‘Iran is ready to engage deeply found in Bangladesh’s strength sector, especially found in the region of petroleum gas. Our bilateral trade volume ought to be several US$ billions which isn't a satisfactory level currently,’ he said within an interview.

The envoy said that there was a growing interest on both sides, and leaders of both countries were sincere to fortify the relations between your two countries.

Ambassador Reza Nafar said that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani would go to Bangladesh found in March to wait the D-8 or Developing-8 Summit and the visit would give a big push towards strengthening the ties further.

Bangladesh can host the Summit of the D-8 comprising Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

In March, Bangladesh may also celebrate the 50 years of its independence when a number of global leaders, including Indian primary minister Narendra Modi, will join the mega event.

Appreciating prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, the Iranian ambassador stated that all the economical indices display Bangladesh is marching in advance with a substantial growth under an experienced and prudent leadership when an monetary downturn is certainly prevailing in the entire world due to COVID-19.

‘There’s a great ample scope to extend trade relations with Bangladesh. We desire to reach a particular stage following a bilateral discussions,’ explained ambassador Reza Nafar.

Terming Bangladesh a vintage and trusted friend, he said leaders of the two countries remain active to take forward the relations. ‘Our relationship gets strengthened each day.’

Responding to a issue, the ambassador said both countries are not pleased with the current level of bilateral trade. ‘We desire, with recent initiatives and sincere efforts from both sides, the bilateral trade relations will grow.’

Leaders of both countries remain active to ensure that the relations can move forward. ‘Iran is preparing to extend its relations with Bangladesh in every areas. We’ve no limitation to expand ties with Bangladesh.’

Ambassador Reza Nafar said the US unethical embargo created a barrier to trade ties with Iran somewhat.

Another big reason, according to him, is that both countries’ private sectors have no idea of each other’s ability, plus they are not really well-informed. ‘But both countries’ interest is important for the improvement of relations. That exists.’

He said he together with the Bangladesh ambassador to Iran is attempting to engage in individual sectors. ‘There features been improvement yet somehow to reach the desired level.’

The ambassador greeted the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of 50 years of Bangladesh’s Independence and ongoing celebration of the birth centenary of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Ambassador Reza Nafar said the international network, US and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation should program an effective role for the safe and sound and voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas.

He said that they realise the problems of sheltering thus many refugees Iran also hosts huge Afghan and Iraqi refugees due to 951,142 Afghan refugees and 28,268 Iraqi refugees reside in Iran.

According to UNHCR, some 951,142 Afghan and 28,268 Iraqi refugees have a home in Iran even though Bangladesh says it really is hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char.

‘[The] Rohingya issue is, actually, a humanitarian concern. Bangladesh deserves big thanks a lot for sheltering Rohingyas. The whole planet is normally grateful to Bangladesh. History will remember Bangladesh’s role,’ stated the Iranian ambassador. 

He, on the other hand, said it is very sad to find that the Rohingya issue remains unresolved because of some complexities.

The ambassador appreciated the tripartite device mediated by China between Bangladesh and Myanmar. ‘We support the initiative used by China. We hope to see a successful final result through this tripartite mechanism.’

Ambassador Reza Nafar said they would like to start to see the emergence of a peaceful world where you will see no refugees.

‘We anticipation the Myanmar government will soon do something to get back its nationals implementing the determination that the Myanmar authorities provided at international level,’ he said.

The ambassador said because the very beginning of the Rohingya crisis, Iran keeps supporting Bangladesh policy towards Rohingya. ‘Iran’s humanitarian support will continue.’

He hoped that the Rohingyas who are moving into Bangladesh will follow Bangladesh laws and keep maintaining peace and self-discipline until the situation is resolved with repatriation. ‘We hope they’ll manage to return home peacefully.’

The Iranian ambassador said they hope that the Joe Biden administration will discover a logical ground and redesign the US policy to pay Iran for the damage it suffered.

The envoy said he sees a lovely world with the end to the Donald Trump administration that unilaterally ditched the Iran deal.

He said the switch of government isn't important but the change of plan is important in america.

‘We’ll be waiting to find what kind of visible techniques president Joe Biden takes in changing the US insurance policy,’ ambassador Reza Nafar said adding that they can not choose any deal afresh.

He said discussions can only just be held about how they return to the prior deal and how they will compensate Iran. ‘We didn’t walk out from the deal, but the US did.’