State Minister Shahriar Alam led a 3- member Bangladesh delegation to Iran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected president Ayatullah Seyed Ibrahim Raisi held on 5 August 2021.
The State Minister later paid a courtesy call on president Raisi. The meeting lasted for 20 minutes. During the meeting, the new president of Iran recalled his visit to Bangladesh 20 years back. He particularly mentioned his visit to Jeshore. President Raisi expressed his gratitude to President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for congratulating him on his election as president. He appreciated the robust economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. While thanking Bangladesh for supporting Iran in the international fora, he mentioned that the Palestine question is the first and foremost issue of the Muslim Ummah. He also highly appreciated Bangladesh for hosting more than one million Rohingyas who were forcefully displaced from their homeland. He expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh in near future and wanted to closely work with Bangladesh for realizing the mutual benefits of the two countries.
The State Minister later made a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Zerif. During the call, the two Ministers felt to further develop bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The State Minister emphasized increasing connectivity and private sector cooperation in trade and investment between the two countries.