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Prime Minister urges Saudi Arabia to extend visa approval time for Haj pilgrims

Monday, 13 May 2024 | 10:14 am | 40 times

Prime Minister urges Saudi Arabia to extend visa approval time for Haj pilgrims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Saudi Arabia to extend the visa approval period so that all Hajj pilgrims can perform the holy Hajj.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Isa Yusuf Isa Al Duhailan made this call during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban this morning.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister’s speech writer at the press briefing. Nazrul Islam quoted him (Prime Minister) as saying, “Saudi Arabia should extend the visa approval period for Hajj pilgrims so that they can perform the holy Hajj.”

 

Nazrul Islam said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has raised the issue of extending the visa approval period for Haj pilgrims.

The ambassador said that he is taking the initiative to issue visas to those pilgrims who have not yet received visas for performing Hajj. More than 10,000 Haj pilgrims have not yet received visas from Saudi Arabia due to various complications.

The Saudi Ambassador expressed the interest of his country’s investors and companies in implementing some projects in Bangladesh and handed over a list of those projects to the Prime Minister.

In response, Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh will take the next step after the verification and examination.
In this context, he assured him that the relevant ministries and departments will look into the matter.

Regarding the Palestine issue, the Prime Minister said that Bangladesh is preparing another tranche for the aid of the Palestinian people and her country has already sent aid twice.

He said the whole world is with Palestine except the US and some of its allies. The Saudi ambassador mentioned that there are about 3.2 million Bangladeshis in his country who are contributing to the economy of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.

The Prime Minister urged the Ambassador to take steps to encourage Bangladeshis living in Saudi Arabia to send remittances to Dhaka through legal channels.

Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, Ambassador at Large Mohammad Ziauddin and Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Mohammad Salah Uddin were present.-Bass


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