Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said peace and stability are very critical for sustainable growth and development saying a simple thing in any part of the globalised word can create problem and hurt the growth goals.
“Peace and stability are the essence of development. If there’s no peace, there can’t be development,” he said while responding to a question at the closing session of ‘Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019’ at a city hotel.The Foreign Minister cited examples across the world and said they have been suffering where there is no peace. “To maintain the sustainable development, it’s essential to have peace and stability.”
Dr Momen said this kind of dialogue and think tank must promote one thing and it is the mindset of respect for each other.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and Chairman, Observer Research Foundation Sunjoy Joshi also spoke at the session titled ‘Convergence of Regional initiatives for Optimising Common Benefits.’
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh Nahim Razzaq moderated the session.
State Minister Shahriar laid emphasis on better cooperation in the region and said governments need to keep talking on cooperation.
He, however, said there are some good developments over the past years and countries like China and India’s leaders agreed to see each other every year and Bangladesh also reached out many countries.The State Minister said Asia has potential to do more and everyone recognizes that this is an Asian century.
He also touched upon core ideas of MDGs - helping and cooperating with each other to bring everyone out of poverty.
Talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he said the core principles of SDGs are much more details, deeper and wider to make everything sustainable.