Palestinian President Abbas due in Dhaka Wednesday
Tribune Online Report

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Dhaka on February 1 for a three-day visit aiming at strengthening bilateral relations with Bangladesh.

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This will be Abbas’ first visit to Bangladesh as the president of Palestinian territory. Former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat made several official visits to Dhaka, the last one in 1997.

During the three-day visit, Abbas is scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali to discuss issues which will strengthen bilateral ties, according to a Palestinian embassy official.

Earlier in February last year, the Palestinian president made a stopover at Dhaka airport on his way to Japan as part of his three-nation South Asia tour.

Dhaka has always been a vocal supporter of Palestinian causes in the UN, OIC, NAM and other international forums.

Dhaka also has a firm stance against Israeli occupation and backs Palestine for full membership of the UN.

Earlier in December last year, during Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad NA Malki visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh and Palestine inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on trade and power generation.

Bangladesh imports dates, olive oil and stone in small scales from Palestine, but exports nothing.

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