New Delhi: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee opined that Bangladesh has emerged as a unique example to the world under the pro-people leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Pranab appreciated the visionary statesmanship of the daughter of Bangabandhu when Bangladesh foreign Minister Abdul Momen called on him at the later’s residence in Delhi during his India visit recently.Foreign Minster Abdul Momen returned home on Saturday after completing a three-day state visit to the neighboring country. This is the first visit of foreign minister after the ruling Awami League took office for the third consecutive term under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The former president also expressed gratitude to the people of Bangladeshi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the people showed him heartiest love and respect.
He also appreciated for sustainable and continuous growth of Bangladesh’s economy under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
Regarding the Rohingya issue, Pranab Mukherjee said: “The world became witness of the humanitarian ground of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she sheltered the stateless community following atrocities by the Myanmar government. The world never found such atrocities against humanity after the Second World War.”
Over 7,00,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar began a crackdown starting in August 2017. Before this atrocity, around 4,00,000 Rohingyas had already been residing in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Momen shared about the Dhaka’s proposal for developing regional unity to monitor a ‘safe zone’ for Rohingya community in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.The former president assured Momen to convey the issue to the central government of India.
He also welcomed the immediate sitting of the joint river commission to resolve the water flow issue of 54 common rivers including Teesta between Bangladesh and India.
Pranab, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, also informed that he maintains a regular connection with Bangladesh to learn about the major neighbor of India.
During the meeting, Pranb commemorated several stories of past and said: “I feel proud when I learn about the Bangladesh government’s pro-people initiatives.”
Bangladesh High commissioner Syed Moazzem Ali and FM Momen’s spouse Selina Momen were also present on the 40-minute long meeting.