President Iajuddin Ahmed has requested Greece to support Bangladesh's case in the European Union (EU) in respect of market access, removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers for Bangladeshi products, economic assistance and related issues.
The request came when newly appointed Greek Ambassador in Bangladesh John Economides presented credentials to the President at Bangabhaban in the city Wednesday, reports UNB.
During the meeting with the Delhi-based Greek ambassador, the President suggested that Greek companies could recruit more Bangladeshi seamen for their ships.
Expressing happiness at the steady growth of Bangladesh exports to Greece in the recent years, he said the two countries have great potential for trade, which are yet to be harnessed for mutual benefit.
Iajuddin assured all possible support to the new ambassador in discharging his duties and hoped that the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Greece would be strengthened and expanded during his tenure.
He also reiterated the government's commitment to establish good governance, rule of law and a congenial atmosphere for political dialogue amongst the political leadership from different spectrums.
Reciprocating, Ambassador Economides said, Bangladesh has a good future. He underscored the need for direct flight between Bangladesh and Greece and the necessity of opening the Greek Mission in Bangladesh.
He also emphasised on cooperation between the two countries in the field of education.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan sought financial support of Greece for establishing a seamen training institute in Bangladesh.
The newly appointed Ambassador of Greece John Economides went to pay a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister at his office Wednesday.
The minister extended hearty welcome to the Greek Ambassador and also assured him of full cooperation during his tenure.
He expressed the hope that bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Greece would be further strengthened in the days ahead.
Morshed Khan requested the ambassador for more recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to Greek companies especially seamen for their ships.
Expressing satisfaction on bilateral relations, the minister emphasised further strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.
The Greek envoy expressed gratitude to the foreign minister for warmly receiving him and for his assurance of cooperation.
He also expressed the hope that understanding between the two countries would grow further in future.