Friday, 30 September, 2022

Bangladesh will always assist to maintain global peace: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh will always assist to maintain global peace, even it also intends to do it.

"It is our constitutional obligation that Bangladesh shall always assist to maintain global peace. Our military has been playing a major role in global peacekeeping operations under the UN. We intend to maintain it," she said.

The premier was addressing the opening ceremony of 46th Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS)- 2022 in the city's Radisson Blu Hotel as the chief guest, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.

Bangladesh Army is co-hosting this international seminar along with the United States involving 27 countries.

Sheikh Hasina said today, Bangladesh is well known around the world for its great contribution to peace support operations.

"Bangladesh Army is always ready to serve the country and for the world peace in UN missions and anywhere in the world," she said.

The prime minister noted that security dynamics in the current world are ever changing and getting complex day by day.

Any conflict or crisis affects every nation in the world, she said, adding, "It significantly hampers the security and steady development of the states."

Mentioning that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a firm believer of multi-lateralism, she said in his first speech at UN General Assembly in 1974, he (Bangabandhu) pronounced the essence of our foreign policy dictum: "Friendship to all, Malice to none".

Bangabandhu also urged the world leaders for their honest and peaceful regional and global cooperation with respect to the sovereignty of the states, she added.

"We've always maintained a friendly relation with global and regional partners taking the strength from our foreign policy," she said.

This has allowed us to grow as a nation and gradually empowered us to claim our rightful position in the comity of nations, the prime minister added.

Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed gave the vote of thanks.