8 iconic mosques to be built in 8 divisions with Saudi support: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said eight "iconic" mosques with all modern facilities will be built in eight divisions of the country with Saudi assistance.

The prime minister discussed the issue when newly-appointed Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Essa Bin Yousef Al-Duhailan paid a courtesy call on her at her official Gono Bhaban residence this morning.

After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

The prime minister said 560 model mosque-Islamic cultural centres are being constructed at the upazila level with Saudi assistance.

She also recalled development of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque with Saudi cooperation, the press secretary said.

Noting that her government gives priority to the agriculture sector, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh could provide farm labourers to Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister said Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis.

Pointing out the traditional relationship between the two brotherly countries, she said Bangladesh always values these ties.

The Saudi envoy expressed the hope that the existing friendly relationship between the two countries would deepen further under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said the bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, security and manpower between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh will continue.

Al-Duhailan mentioned that over 1.5 million Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in the kingdom. "They're very hard-working and making immense contributions to Saudi economy," he said.

Referring to the existing investment-friendly atmosphere in Bangladesh, the ambassador said Saudi entrepreneurs are keen to come to Bangladesh for investment.

He said their government also welcomes Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to promote trade and business between the two brotherly countries.

"There is a huge potential of investment in Saudi Arabia and we'll extend full support to the Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in this regard," the ambassador said.

Expressing satisfaction over the existing excellent ties between the two countries, Al-Duhailan told the premier that it will be his responsibility to take forward the relationship during his tenure.

The Saudi envoy highly praised the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The prime minister and the ambassador also discussed the coronavirus issue, Ihsanul Karim said.

At the outset of the meeting, the premier welcomed the new Saudi ambassador and assured him of extending full support during his stay in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister's Office Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Mian was present at the meeting.

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