Time Digital Report: Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has formally inaugurated the new chancery building of the Bangladesh Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.
Portugal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary-General Ambassador Álvaro Mendonça e Moura graced the inaugural ceremony as a special guest, said a press release today (July 2, 2022).
Bangladeshi expatriates expressed their joy at having a Bangladesh-owned embassy in Portugal.
Abdul Momen said the chancery building symbolises the presence of a transforming Bangladesh that celebrated 50 years of its independence last year and stands poised to enhance its global footprints by surging ahead with its value-based diplomacy in pursuit of its national development aspirations.
"This building is not just a mere construction or enclosure, but bears our message to our friends in Portugal that we value our shared history, that we cherish our present-day human connectivity, and that we look to our shared future with much anticipation and optimism," he said.
Ambassador Tarik Ahsan said the permanent chancery building had been a long-felt need, as the workload has increased manifold, due to its increased activities in consular affairs as well as in pursuit of economic, cultural, and public diplomacy.
He viewed that the new Chancery building would contribute in a big way to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the peoples of Bangladesh and Portugal.
Ambassador Álvaro Mendonça e Moura said the friendly relationship between Bangladesh and Portugal would be elevated to a higher level with this inauguration of the permanent chancery building in Lisbon.