People’s expectations will be fulfilled: PM

20 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the Awami League government will certainly fulfill the expectations of the people who voted her party to power for the third consecutive term, reports UNB.

“We’ll surely fulfill the expectations of people and take the country forward through ensuring balanced development,” she said.

The prime minister was addressing a views-exchange meeting with the expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates.

The Bangladesh embassy organised the programme at St Regis hotel.

Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country spontaneously voted for Awami League.

“People put their trust and faith in us as they witnessed tremendous development in the country over the last 10 years,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her stance against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption. “To eliminate these social menaces, the government will do whatever is needed.”

The prime minister said the drive against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption will continue.

Talking about the Rohingyas taking shelter in Bangladesh, she said they are the citizens of Myanmar and the neighbour has to take them back.

The government has taken steps to send the Rohingyas back to their homeland, she said.

The prime minister said the government is implementing many development projects.

Hasina said the government wants to send skilled manpower to different countries and already set up a number of training centres in the country for that purpose.

She urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to abide by the laws and honour customs of the countries they are living.

“Please don’t do anything that may force you to land in jail,” she said advising the expatriates to remain careful so Bangladesh’s image does not get tarnished because of their activities.

Terming her visit to the UAE very successful, the prime minister said she got a positive response from the UAE government about investment and other issues.

Hasina said the expatriates contributed a lot to the economic development of the country and requested them to invest in Bangladesh as the present world is of economic diplomacy.

Stare Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, Prof Habibul Haque Khandakar of Zayed University and President of Bangabandhu Parishad in the UAE Iftekher Islam Babul also spoke on the occasion.

The programme began with playing the national anthems of the UAE and Bangladesh. Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran conducted the function.

Leaders of Bangladesh Mohila Samity in the UAE, led by Jakia Hasnat Imran, leaders of different organisations of Bangladeshis expatriates, officials of Janata Bank UAE branch, Bangladesh Biman and two Bangladeshi schools, Bangladeshi Commercially Important Persons (CIPs) living in the UAE presented the Prime Minister with bouquets.