Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said a certain vested interest group was active to disrupt the democratic process and socio-economic progress of Bangladesh, reports UNB.
During his recent meeting with members of UK Parliament and other political leaders, Minister Mahmood Ali explained that these miscreants use ‘allegiance of convenience’ to gain global attention.
He reiterated the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards all sorts of violent extremism and terrorism.
The meeting was held during his stopover in London on his way back to Dhaka after attending UN General Assembly engagements, said the Foreign Ministry here on Friday.
Mahmood Ali encouraged British businesses to seize advantage of Bangladesh’s strategic location as a bridge among South Asia, Southeast Asia and China to invest in Bangladesh.
He also elaborated the massive infrastructure projects undertaken by the present government for the country’s overall development.
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister briefed the British politicians on the impressive socio-economic progress of Bangladesh under the astute leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and invited greater participation of the UK in the development initiatives of Bangladesh.
They also discussed the need for realigning DFID development assistance to ensure value for money and tangible results in line with the priorities set by Bangladesh government in its 7th 5-year plan which internalised the SDGs.
Recalling the contributions of the Bangladeshi diaspora and curry industry, Foreign Minister requested the parliamentarian to address the challenges faced by them and also those of the students.
The UK politicians expressed their keenness to work with Bangladesh and disseminate its lesser known success stories among their peers and colleagues.
They assured that they, as friends, would persuade both their government and businesses to deepen and widen their engagement with Bangladesh.
They viewed that there were huge areas including education, skill development, security, services, engineering and IT where both countries could benefit through greater collaboration.
To this end, they also wanted to visit Bangladesh which the Foreign Minister welcomed.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Lord Bilimoria, President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, Lord Sheikh and Mark Field MP, Vice-Chairs, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Bangladesh, Paul Scully MP, Chair, APPG British Curry Industry and Vice Chair APPG on Bangladesh, Bob Blackman MP, Chair of APPG on British Hindus and Esther McVey, Chair, British Transport Police Authority.
Bangladesh’s acting High Commissioner in London Khondker M. Talha was also present.