DiplomaticQuarter: Outgoing Bangladesh ambassador praises stronger links with Kingdom

Golam Moshi
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Updated 30 July 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: Outgoing Bangladesh ambassador praises stronger links with Kingdom

RIYADH: The outgoing Bangladesh ambassador to Saudi Arabia has praised the growing bond between the two countries as he completes his 5-year tour of duty in the Kingdom.
Golam Moshi, who is due to return to Bangladesh after the Eid Al-Adha holiday, said that ties between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have “gone from strength to strength” since 2015 when he took charge.
During this period, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has visited the Kingdom five times, meeting King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss regional and international political issues, economic and investment relations, and security and defense cooperation.
The ambassador played a pivotal role in organizing these visits. “Such high-level visits have paved the way for further cooperation between the two countries and transformed the cooperation dynamics from a human resource-based relation to a multi-dimensional partnership,” the Bangladesh Embassy said.
Moshi said that 2019 brought a major success when a strong investment delegation from the Kingdom visited Bangladesh, led by the Saudi minister for economy and planning and the minister for commerce and investment.Subsequently the countries and relevant investors signed a series of agreements to strengthen economic ties.
Moshi worked to generate interest in Bangladesh among major Saudi investors.
The Saudi Bangladesh Joint Economic Commission held two successful meetings during the outgoing ambassador’s tenure.
“The 13th joint commission meeting held in February 2020 has paved the way for enhancing the intensity of economic and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the years ahead,” Moshi told
Arab News.
“During my tenure more than 40 agreements and MoUs have been revived or introduced that should guide all aspects of cooperation between the two countries including on electricity and power generation, solar energy, LNG supply and seaports,” he said.
Moshi also introduced Expat Digital Centers to bring consular services to applicants around the Kingdom, including almost 2.2 million Bangladeshi resident workers.
Having seen the introduction of Saudi Vision 2030 under the leadership of King Salman, Moshi has tried to identify economic partnerships that will benefit both Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
Cooperation on Hajj-related matters between the two countries has increased significantly, with Bangladesh involved in the Makkah Road Initiative. The performance of Hajj will be more comfortable for Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims in the future.

Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, Saudi ambassador to Lebanon

Updated 09 August 2020

Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, Saudi ambassador to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has stepped up its relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosions in Beirut.

Saudi Ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari said the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center began organizing emergency aid immediately after the incident.

Bukhari has been the Saudi envoy to Lebanon since December 2018. He previously served as charge d’affaires at the embassy from March 2018 until his current appointment.

Bukhari obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science with distinction at the King Abdul Aziz University in 1995.

He obtained a higher diploma in diplomatic studies at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh in 2000, and a master’s in international politics from California State University, Fullerton.

He joined the Saudi diplomatic corps in 1996. In 1999, he was appointed deputy head of the mission of the Kingdom’s embassy in Niger.

Bukhari served as the consul general in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, he was appointed to the office of the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He became director of total quality management in 2009.

In 2013, he was assigned a role at the Saudi Embassy in Berlin. He was appointed assistant director general of planning and development at the ministry in 2016. He also served as the director general of diplomatic affairs and protocol and deputy undersecretary for protocol affairs in 2017.