Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the whole world was now shaken due to the impact of the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian war. “We are unfortunate today, as the condition
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the whole world was now shaken due to the impact of the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“We are unfortunate today, as the condition of the people of the world deteriorates as a result of the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian war, the United States has imposed sanctions on Russia, which aggravates the uncertainty as to supply of imported goods as costs rise. Transportation costs have also increased,” she said.
The people of Bangladesh have not only been touched by its impact, but it has also had an effect on people all over the world, including America, Europe and England, she said.
“The people of the world must suffer (because of the Russian-Ukrainian war and the sanctions against Russia). Everyone, including developed countries, should take the matter into consideration. America should do the same, because the people of their country are also suffering,” she added.
The Prime Minister asked the question, which part of the country (Russia) was affected by the sanctions imposed?
The Prime Minister said this while virtually inaugurating the newly constructed 8-storey building at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conferring the ‘Bangabandhu Medal for Diplomatic Excellence’, from his official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the program in the lobby of its newly constructed building in the city.
The Prime Minister said: “Ordinary people in low-income and even developed countries have been hit the hardest. No country or nation can be controlled by imposing a ban and you [United States] must realize it now and the impact of the ban also falls on your people.
Thus, the sanction should be lifted to facilitate the transportation of goods to ensure uninterrupted imports and exports, she said.
In this context, the Prime Minister said that Bangladesh has made producing more food a top priority in order to become self-sufficient in food production and to help other countries to do so, reiterating his appeal to compatriots so that they cultivate every inch of land.
But the fact is that production requires fertilizer and diesel, which Bangladesh does not receive, she said.
‘What’s the point of making people suffer like this? I must say that this amounts to violating human rights and it is not appropriate to deprive people of their rights,” she said, hoping the attempt to punish a country should be dropped. otherwise people all over the world would be punished.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to play a more active role in repatriating Rohingyas to their homelands, realizing the huge burden of more than a million Burmese nationals displaced on Bangladesh due to the fallout of the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“The Rohingyas are a huge burden for us. All countries are facing difficulties due to the coronavirus and the Russian-Ukrainian war. So, all should realize the difficulties of Bangladesh in tackling another Rohingya burden as it also has a population of 16.50 crore,” she said.
The prime minister said the Rohingya could return to their homeland, if international organizations and countries play a more active role in this regard.
She said Bangladesh had sheltered the Rohingya for humanitarian reasons and four years had already passed.
Rohingyas also have the right to live in a better place instead of camps, and their children can be brought up in a dignified atmosphere in their homeland, she said, adding, “The international community should realize this. “.
Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for economic diplomacy alongside political diplomacy to ensure the overall development of the country.
“We need to value economic diplomacy alongside political diplomacy because the world is now turning into a global village and we are dependent on each other. We must therefore work in unison to ensure the development of the people,” she said.
The prime minister said his government had followed the foreign policy, “friendship to all, wickedness to none”, formulated by the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as his government’s top priority was to ensure the socio-economic development of the compatriots.
“We must accelerate the development frenzy of the country by maintaining good relations with all,” she said, referring to the execution of the agreement on land borders and the guarantee of an appropriate sharing of resources. water from the Ganges from India, establishing rights to a vast maritime area and its resources winning a legal battle against neighboring India and Myanmar.
The Prime Minister said that it was rare in the history of the world to peacefully resolve the issue of chhitmohals (enclaves) between two neighboring countries, as many countries were engaged in a war over it.
She called on all parties concerned to ensure that Bangladesh would not be dependent on others, but rather should move forward in the world by holding its head high as a victorious nation and giving importance to those things in its foreign policy.
In this regard, she referred to Bangladesh’s stance on the construction of the Padma Bridge with its own funds after the withdrawal of World Bank funding for the project, bringing false allegations of corruption which were later proven to be baseless by a verdict of a Canadian court.
Bangladeshi Ambassador to Poland Sultana Laila Hossain and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki received the Bangabandhu Medal for Diplomatic Excellence, introduced last year, marking the centenary of the founding president’s birth of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sultana Laila Hossain and her team were rewarded for their role in the return of Bangladeshis stranded in Ukraine immediately after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, while Ito Naoki took relations between Bangladesh and Japan to a new level superior.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen presented the certificates to the winners.
The winners expressed their feelings about the awarding of the medal by joining the program virtually.
The prime minister also unveiled a book titled “Bangabandhu Corners around the World” and officially launched identical websites for all Bangladesh missions abroad.
An audio-visual presentation on the newly constructed 8-storey building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “Bangabandhu Medal for Diplomatic Excellence” was also made during the ceremony.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam addressed the occasion, and his Principal Secretary, Masud Bin Momen delivered the welcome speech.