Bangladesh wants to maintain friendly relations with all countries: PM Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government seeks to continue friendly relations with all countries.

“We want to keep intact friendly relations with all countries and march the country forward through socio-economic advancement,” she said while addressing the conferment ceremony of the maiden ‘Bangabandhu Medal for Diplomatic Excellence-2020’ virtually from Ganabhaban.

The function was arranged at Foreign Service Academy in the city on Monday, reports BSS.

She expressed her belief that the award would encourage the Bangladeshi diplomats to be the best performers discharging their duties with the utmost professionalism from the places of their current assignment.

Besides, she said, “diplomats of our friendly countries will be inspired to take relationship between their respective countries and Bangladesh to a new height”.

The prime minister said that they have solved maritime boundary problems with India and Myanmar keeping friendly relations with them.

“This is our diplomatic success,” she said and greeted all concerned for bringing the success.

The premier heavily came down on the past Zia, Ershad and Khaleda Zia regimes for their inaction in resolving maritime boundary problems with neighbouring India and Myanmar following up Bangabandhu government’s initiatives to settle the issue.

Sheikh Hasina said her government had taken initiatives to resolve the long-pending issue first after assuming office in 1996 and eventually resolved it when it was again elected to power in 2009.

The prime minister said that her government also resolved the land boundary problem with India by implementing Mujib-Indira Agreement.

The prime minister earlier unveiled a book titled “Sheikh Hasina: Bimugdho Bismoy” edited by Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and published by Chandrabati Academy.

Regarding the book, Sheikh Hasina said she doesn’t want anything in her life rather than to fulfil the dream of Father of the Nation.

“I have nothing to want. I even don’t want anything for myself. I have been working to bring happiness among the distressed people,” she said.

She also expressed eagerness to materialise the dream of her father (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country free from poverty and hunger.

The prime minister said that there would be no hunger and ‘monga’ in the country as her government has been tirelessly working to build Bangladesh as a developed nation by 2041.

“Bangladesh has got recognition as a developing country on the occasion of the country’s Golden Jubilee of Independence which is the biggest achievement,” she said.

She added, “But, we have to advance Bangladesh forward more by achieving the United Nation’s sustainable development goals by 2030.”

Sheikh Hasina said her government has started implementing the Delta Plan-2100 to offer generation after generation a beautiful and developed life.

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