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Dhaka’s stance on Palestine unchanged

Staff Correspondent     13 December, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh sticks to its prior position over Palestine against Israeli occupation and it will continue its unwavering support for the just cause of the Palestinian people.

Against the backdrop of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital and relocate its embassy to the holy city, Dhaka’s position has seen no change over the issue, said diplomatic sources.

Bangladesh is still committed to the just right of Palestinian people on their land as ever and will continue its supports under the mandate of the OIC, the sources confirmed. Going beyond the OIC, Dhaka will also speak out for Palestinian cause to its friend countries and in international forums under its diplomatic capacity, they said.

International relations analysts of the country also think Bangladesh is in the right direction over the crisis and it should keep it up in future.

Talking to the daily sun, former ambassador M Humayun Kabir said though Bangladesh is not a major player of the crisis, it has moral responsibility to support the Palestinian cause.

From this very thinking, Bangladesh has voiced its deep concern against the unjust move of US President Donald Trump over Jerusalem, he explained.

Citing that the US announcement has incited instability and insecurity across the region, he further said it has also killed the long-lasting peace process.

Humayun is of the opinion that with this declaration, the US has tried to legitimise the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, he continued.

Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already taken a strong stance over the crisis, the former diplomat said Bangladesh is on the right course and will continue working to make Palestinians’ voice heard across the world.

Former secretary and ambassador AKM Atiqur Rahman said Bangladesh always stands by the Palestinian people and their just cause.

The recent unjust and illegal declaration over Jerusalem also didn’t go unheard and touched the hearts of Bangladeshi people as ever, he continued.

As a result, in the wake of the US announcement, Bangladesh came up with a strong statement expressing its deep concern, he maintained.

Atiqur said the Bangladesh government has already laid emphasis on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of relevant UN resolutions.

Bangladesh has also reaffirmed its position in favour of establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the former ambassador said.

He also mentioned that Bangladesh is seriously dealing with the issue and President Abdul Hamid is now in Istanbul on a three-day official visit to attend the Extra-ordinary Islamic Summit of the OIC.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam will also take part in the meeting of foreign ministers on the sideline of the summit today, he maintained.