DOT Desk:  Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said climate is an existential as well as development issue for both Bangladesh and the Maldives and highlighted the need for countries to fulfill their COP commitments.  He expressed Bangladesh’s willingness to collaborate further with the Maldives on climate change adaptation and mitigation.  Dr Momen discussed the issue when outgoing High Commissioner of the Maldives Aishath Shaan Shakir met him at the State Guest House Padma yesterday, reports UNB, BPost.  While highlighting that “Maldives is Bangladesh’s time tested partner and friend”, Foreign Minister commended the Maldivian envoy for her proactive engagements in Bangladesh, which has contributed much to advancing the Bangladesh-Maldives relations.  High Commissioner Shakir appreciated the diligence and sincerity with which Bangladeshi expatriate workers are serving in the Maldives.
Nearly 100 thousand Bangladeshi expatriates are employed in the Maldives in tourism and fishing industries.