p Momen seeks co-op from int’l community | 2019-01-18

Momen seeks co-op from int’l community

Staff Correspondent

18 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has sought cooperation from the international community in fulfilling the electoral pledges of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The foreign minister sought global support while briefing the diplomatic core at State Guesthouse Padma in the capital on Thursday.

The maiden briefing of the minister was attended by 55 members of the diplomatic community, including the ambassadors, high commissioners, consul generals of all the foreign missions and representatives from the UN Office in Dhaka.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque and other senior officials of the ministry were also present at the briefing.

At the outset of the briefing, the foreign minister thanked members of the diplomatic core for attending the session and sought their cooperation in performing his new assignment.

Referring to the achievements made by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the last decade in the field of poverty alleviation, improvement of maternal and child health, sanitation, foreign reserve, infrastructure development, he stated that the government would continue its journey towards achieving its development agenda, articulated in Vision 2021, Agenda 2030 and Vision 2041 through successful application of economic diplomacy.

He sought support, cooperation, collaboration and partnership of all the members present at the briefing to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The foreign minister reiterated the prime minister’s vow to eliminate corruption and ensure good governance in Bangladesh by maintaining a strong policy of ‘zero tolerance’.

He also solicited the international community’s cooperation in the field of trade and investment, public-private partnership, empowerment of youth and women.

Referring to the UNGA resolutions sponsored by Bangladesh on People’s Empowerment and Development, Culture of Peace and Autism Awareness, he stressed the need for the continued focus of Bangladesh on establishing and maintaining peace and stability in the world.

He also expressed his interest in fostering regional cooperation.

On the Rohingya issue, Momen thanked the international community for their support and expressed expectation that the international community would continue to play a constructive role in resolving the Rohingya crisis which lies in their safe, sustainable and dignified return to Myanmar.

Shahriar Alam said the new government wants to build on the success achieved so far and expressed his hope that in the coming days cooperation from friends and partners would be stronger, wider and deeper.

The dean of the diplomatic core took the floor on behalf of all and congratulated the ministers for their success in the election.

The dean also expressed their interest in continuing cooperation with Bangladesh in achieving its agenda for progress, development and peace.