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Iajuddin for boosting trade relations between Dhaka and Vienna
DHAKA,  May 05,  2008)
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Ambassador of Austria to Bangladesh Ferdinand Maultaschl today presented his credentials to President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban here.

Welcoming the new Austrian envoy, the President expressed his satisfaction at the existing good bilateral relations between Dhaka and Vienna.

The President said Dhaka and Vienna relation is deeply rooted in the very creation of Bangladesh in 1971 when people of Austria extended their full support to Bangladesh's War of Liberation.

He also recalled the Sailor report prepared by former Austrian Ambassador Dr Erna Sailor immediately after the liberation war, which encouraged inflow of international financial assistance for the reconstruction of the war ravaged
economy of Bangladesh.

The President underscored the need for boosting trade and economic relations between the two countries, as there is huge potential for increasing trade between the two countries for mutual benefit.

He also laid emphasis on frequent visit of high-level officials and holding fairs for promotion of trade and strengthening relations further between Dhaka and Vienna.

Professor Iajuddin also attached importance on educational exchange programmes between the two countries and sought the ambassador's cooperation to increase the number of Austrian scholarship for Bangladeshi students.

He also apprised the Austrian envoy of prevailing religious harmony in the country.

The President also briefed the ambassador about the present government's initiatives to maintain law and order to establish rule of law, curb corruption and hold next general elections by December this year.

The Austrian Ambassador praised Bangladesh's skill in disaster management and the Bangladeshi people for its courage to face successfully the natural disaster including cyclone Sidr.

The envoy, who resides in New Delhi, also praised Bangladesh's foreign policy to promote and maintain friendly relations with all countries and its role in international peacekeeping.

Ferdinand Maultaschl applauded Bangladesh's role in different international issues and its effort to strengthen democracy in the country.

He also assured the President of extending his all out cooperation and efforts towards strengthening bilateral relations and expanding educational cooperation between Dhaka and Vienna.

Secretary of the President's office Md Sirajul Islam, Foreign Secretary Touhid Hosain and Press Secretary Abdul Awal Howlader were present.

Earlier, on his arrival at Bangabhaban, a smart contingent of President's Guard Regiment gave the Austrian Ambassador a guard of honor.

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