Bangladesh Ambassador to Lebanon Gousal Azam Sarker speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, March 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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There is more to Bangladesh than its migrant worker community, its newly appointed Ambassador AFM Gousal Azam Sarker said.Its economy has proven resilient, Sarker says, as has its political system.There are about 60,000 Bangladeshis residing in Lebanon, with most employed as migrant workers.The establishment of an embassy in Lebanon is yet another sign that ties between the two countries are gaining strength, according to Sarker.Relations between Lebanon and Bangladesh are not restricted to the presence of workers, though this is the focal point of bilateral bonds. Sarker says there are two categories of workers, separated according to gender.The symbolic beginning of Sarker's mission to change Lebanon's impression of Bangladesh will begin on March 26, at an event commemorating the country's independence.
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