8 iconic mosques will be built in 8 divisions with Saudi support: PM



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said eight ‘iconic mosques’ with all modern facilities will be built in eight divisions of the country with Saudi assistance.

The prime minister discussed the issue when newly-appointed Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Essa Bin Yousef Al-Duhailan paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Thursday morning.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

The prime minister said 560 model mosque-cum-Islamic cultural centres are being constructed at the upazila level with Saudi assistance.

She also recalled development of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque with Saudi cooperation, the press secretary said.

Noting that her government gives priority to the agriculture sector, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh could provide farm labourers to Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister said Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis.

Pointing out the traditional relationship between the two brotherly countries, she said Bangladesh always values these ties. “There is cooperation between the two countries in many sectors,” she said.

The Saudi envoy expressed the hope that the existing friendly relationship between the two countries would deepen further under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said the bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, security and manpower between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh will continue.

Al-Duhailan mentioned that over 1.5 million Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in their country. “They’re very hard-working and making immense contributions to Saudi economy,” he said.

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