The first resident Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Austria Mohammed Abu Zafar presented his credentials to the Federal President of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer on 10 December at the historical Hofburg Palace in Vienna. While presenting credentials, Ambassador Zafar extended to the Austrian President warmest greetings and best wishes from the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh.
Welcoming and congratulating the first resident Ambassador of Bangladesh, President Dr. Fischer conveyed his warmest greetings to the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh. He expressed great happiness at the existing bilateral relations between Austria and Bangladesh as well as at Bangladesh’s opening its resident Mission in Vienna.
Dr. Fischer expressed his view that both the countries needed to work for further bolstering trade between the two countries. He assured the Bangladesh Envoy of his full cooperation and wished a very successful tenure in Austria.
The newly appointed Ambassador referred to the support extended by political leaders and people of Austria during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, and informed that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman regarded former Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky as a great friend of Bangladesh, who was honoured with Friends of Liberation War Honor Award in 2012. He also expressed his optimism for further growth of bilateral trade and more engagement in the cultural field between Bangladesh and Austria.
Ambassador Zafar was accompanied by First Secretary Shabab Bin Ahmed.