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