A handout picture released by the Emiri Diwan shows Bangladesh's foreign minister AK Abdul Momen (L) offering condolences to Kuwait's new emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R), at Kuwait international airport's emiri terminal in the capital, on 5 October 2020
A handout picture released by the Emiri Diwan shows Bangladesh's foreign minister AK Abdul Momen (L) offering condolences to Kuwait's new emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R), at Kuwait international airport's emiri terminal in the capital, on 5 October 2020AFP

Bangladesh has requested Kuwait to resume flights between the two countries as quickly as possible so that the Bangladeshi expatriates who got stuck here can return to their workplaces smoothly.

Bangladesh thanked the Kuwaiti government for extending support to Bangladeshi expatriates in Kuwait.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, now visiting Kuwait as a special envoy of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, discussed the issues on Monday with his Kuwait counterpart.

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He met new emir Sheikh Nawaf al Ahmad al Sabah and conveyed the prime minister's message to emir congratulating him apart from conveying condolences on the death of the former emir of Kuwait.

The foreign minister, on behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, invited the new Kuwait Emir to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time once the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves, said the foreign affairs ministry.

Momen, on behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, her government and the people of Bangladesh, conveyed condolences over the death of Kuwait emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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The foreign minister also handed over two letters from president Abdul Hamid to the new Kuwait emir congratulating him and expressing condolences over the death of the former Emir.

He conveyed the new emir that Bangladesh also observed mourning nationally.

Momen said the former emir of Kuwait was a very generous person.

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The foreign minister mentioned that Sheikh Sabah was a genuine friend of Bangladesh and he took Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the OIC conference coming to Bangladesh in 1974.

"It was a milestone in Bangladesh-Kuwait relations and following that many Muslim countries recognised Bangladesh," Momen said.

The foreign minister hoped that the relations will further be strengthened between the two countries.

Later, Momen had a meeting with his Kuwait counterpart Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and described the worries of Bangladeshi expatriates who got stuck in Bangladesh due to the suspension of flight operations.

He requested the Kuwait government to resume flight operations as soon as possible.

The Kuwait foreign minister said they will hold a meeting and convey the decision to Bangladesh.

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Momen also urged the Kuwait government to invest in special economic zones and high-tech parks.

He also requested to hire physicians, nurses and people skilled in IT from Bangladesh.

Momen also said Bangladeshi workers can be engaged in the agriculture sector of Kuwait.

He urged the Kuwait government to import pharmaceutical products and PPE from Bangladesh.

The Kuwaiti foreign minister appreciated skills of the Bangladeshi workers.

Bangladesh also sought continued support from Kuwait over the Rohingya repatriation issue and Kuwait assured Bangladesh of its continued support.

The foreign minister reached the oil-rich country-Kuwait on Sunday carrying a message from prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Meanwhile, Kuwait's new ruler Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah took oath of office in parliament, pledging to work for the Gulf Arab state's prosperity and stability, a day after his predecessor Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah died in the United States.

The former emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who has died aged 91, ruled his country for 14 years and acquired a reputation for being committed to peaceful dialogue and unity among other Gulf states known for their divisive quarrels in recent times.

Mild-mannered and valuing his personal links with others, Sabah was known as “the dean of Arab diplomacy.”

Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Hasina also extended her deep condolences to the brotherly people of Kuwait and expressed her heartfelt sympathy for the bereaved members of the Royal family.

On Friday, foreign minister Momen signed the condolence book on the death of Kuwait emir Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Sabah.

He signed the condolence book kept at the Kuwait embassy in Dhaka.

“The Bangladeshi nationals living in Kuwait will remember the contributions of the Emir for the welfare of the Bangladeshi expatriates,” he said.