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Momen to expatriates: No need to worry about visa expiration date

  • Published at 04:05 pm August 19th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The Indian foreign secretary came to discuss about coronavirus vaccine, he said

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said the expatriates have no reason to worry about the visa expiration date.

He also assured that visas will be renewed automatically free of charge.

Momen, Member of Parliament for Sylhet-1 constituency, made the statement after inaugurating the mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the premises of Sylhet deputy commissioner's office on Wednesday morning. 

He also urged the expatriates not to return home unless they have an emergency.

The minister said: “The government has been in touch with the expatriates from the very beginning. Talks have been held with those countries. Many countries have also paid a few months’ salary to expatriates.”

Regarding the Middle East expatriates trapped in the country, he said their visas would be extended for free. Talks have been held with those countries in this regard. 

However, in the case of the UAE, this solution is not possible because of their new rule.

Covid-19 vaccine 

He also said that the indian foreign secretary had come to Bangladesh to discuss mutual cooperation in combating Covid-19 and how to acquire its vaccine as soon as possible.

Besides, there are many issues of interest between the two countries.

He said trades and businesses are being revived again, and discussions will also be held on how to increase bilateral trade amid this situation. 

In this context, Momen said: “Hundreds of trucks carrying goods are moving between the two countries every day and most of these are their trucks.“

In response to another question, he said: "We have a lot of bilateral issues between the two countries." 

However, having a friendly relationship will help reach an amicable solution.

He first unveiled the mural plaque at 10am. After the inauguration, he paid homage by laying a wreath at the mural.

Govt deals with Covid-19 situation efficiently

He said the government has dealt with the coronavirus situation efficiently. Necessary assistance has reached the unemployed people.

Out of 68,000 villages, there have been complaints about only 53. Relief has been provided in the other villages properly.

Awami League leaders and workers have played an important role in that.

Noting that the foreign ministry was not closed for a single day during the coronavirus period, he said that suppose only two people worked instead of four, but the ministry was never closed.

He hoped that Bangladesh would get rid of coronavirus soon.

Present on the occasion were Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Mashiur Rahman, Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital Director Brigadier General Yunusur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner M Kazi Emdadul Islam, Awami League Central Organizing Secretary Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, Metropolitan Awami League President Masuk Uddin Ahmed, District Awami League General Secretary Advocate Nasir Uddin Khan, General Secretary of City Awami League Professor Zakir Hossain, PP Advocate of Sylhet Nizam Uddin and GP Advocate Raj Uddin, Special PP Shah Mushahid Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Sylhet District Council Debjit Singh among others.