DHAKA, Mar 21 (BSS) - Saudi Arabia today lauded the government's move to bring the killers of Saudi embassy official in Dhaka Khalaf al Ali to book describing it as a 'commendable effort' and 'source of great consolation' for the bereaved family members.
The appreciation came when Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni apprised about the investigation procedure on the case to her Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during a meeting held in Riyadh this afternoon, foreign ministry sources said here.
Dr. Dipu Moni said no stone shall be left unturned and no possibility would be ignored in the investigation as the highest authority of Bangladesh gave directives to departments concerned to move on fast to unearth the motive and capture the men behind the heinous crime.
She said the development sent a shockwave across the nation as the people of Bangladesh holds the Saudi people very close to their hearts.
In response, Prince Saud Al Faisal expressed great appreciation of his people and government for the drive and expressed the hope that the process would be able to bring the perpetrators to justice in due course.
When Dipu Moni suggested a team of Saudi experts to come to Bangladesh to work hand in hand with the Bangladeshi investigators, the Saudi Prince welcomed the idea saying his government has full trust and confidence in the commitment of the Bangladeshi authorities.
The talks held in the most cordial environment that lasted for about an hour and took account of the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. Their discussions covered areas like enhancing cooperation in the fields of manpower, trade, Saudi assistance to Bangladesh and mutually beneficial engagement in diplomatic arena.
Recognizing the improvements made by Bangladesh in the recruitment and migration of workforce into the international labour market in recent time, the Saudi Foreign Minister showed interest in enhanced cooperation in the field.
He also acknowledged the great contribution made by Bangladeshi workforce in the Kingdom's economic development.
In this connection, he said the people and the government of Saudi Arabia holds Bangladesh in the highest esteem and cherish the best of intentions for the well being of the people of Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh lauded the salutary initiatives taken by Saudi Arabia to ensure peace in the Middle East and the Arab world as well.
In this regard, she recalled the leadership role played by Saudi King. Prince Saud Al Faisal, in reply, said that the Kingdom counts on the support provided by Bangladesh with whom his country happily share close understanding.
The Saudi Foreign Minister praised the resilience displayed by Bangladeshi economy in the face of global economic meltdown and assured his country's continued support to Bangladesh in her endeavour to achieve economic development and prosperity for her people.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister handed a letter of Prime Minister of Bangladesh addressed to the King of Saudi Arabia. When Dipu Moni invited her Saudi Arabian counterpart to visit Bangladesh, the Saudi Foreign Minister expressed his interest to see Bangladesh during its beautiful monsoon.
On the occasion of the Foreign Minister's visit, the Saudi Foreign office premises were decorated with the national flags of both two countries.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister attended a meeting with the leaders of Bangladeshi community in Saudi Arabia where she gave a run down of the achievements of the country in the diplomatic as well as socio-economic sectors in recent times.