Bangladesh has urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take necessary steps so that Bangladeshi workers do not need to return home losing their jobs there amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the request during a telephone conversation with his UAE counterpart on Wednesday.
The Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladeshi workers played a very significant role in the overall development of the UAE.
He said it needs to be ensured that a worker is given six months’ salaries and other benefits if he or she lost job in current situation.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan assured Bangladesh that the UAE government would take required measures to this end.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister sought support of the UAE in forming the “COVID-19 Recovery & Response Fund” to help migrant workers who are in troubles in different countries due to lockdown amid the pandemic.
Dr Momen urged the UAE to import fresh vegetables and halal chicken and beef from Bangladesh.
Besides, he suggested that the UAE could utilise Bangladeshi expatriate workers in further development of its agriculture sector.
The UAE Minister assured that bilateral partnership and cooperation between Bangladesh and the UAE would be stronger in the future.
As the current chair of OIC, the UAE sought Bangladesh’s support in bringing reforms in the OIC’s management, manpower and financial structure.
Dr Momen thanked the UAE for sending medical supplies to help Bangladesh deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.