President, PM reaffirm Bangladesh’s position on Palestinian state

29 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have reaffirmed Bangladesh’s position for the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders, reports BSS.

In separate messages on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Pales-tinian people, the President and Prime Minister have also reiterated Bangla-desh’s unswerving supports for the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine.

“On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Bangladesh reiterates its unswerving supports for the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine. We reaffirm our principled position in favor of the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian State within pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem-Al Quds Al-Sharif its capital under a two-state solution,” said the President in his message.

In line with the guidance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the constitutional obligation, Bangladesh always supports oppressed people throughout the world waging a just struggle against imperialism, colonialism or racialism, he said.

He said Father of the Nation in his maiden speech delivered in the United Nations General Assembly in 1974 as well as his statements in the 2nd Conference of OIC in 1974 and 4th NAM Summit in 1973 expressed Bangladesh’s unflinching support for the legitimate right and just struggle of the Palestinian people. Bangladesh has remained consistent in this position from the very beginning of its statehood, he added.

“In fact, our own struggle for independence and the painful experience of the worst form of genocide in 1971 inspired us to stand against injustice and oppression that people of Palestine had been subjected to for many decades and advocate for an early resolution of this protracted crisis. Guided by a similar spirit, Bangladesh has given shelter to more than one million Rohingyas from Myanmar and has been urging the international community to work with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas and a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis,” said the President.

In her message Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “We reaffirm our principled position in favor of the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian State within pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem-Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital under a two-state solution”.

She said Bangladesh has remained consistent in this position from the very beginning of its statehood. “In fact, our own struggle for independence and the painful experience of the enduring worst form of genocide in 1971 inspired us to stand against injustice and oppression that the people of Palestine had been subjected to for many decades and advocate for an early resolution of this protracted crisis”. “Guided by a similar spirit, Bangladesh has given shelter to more than one million Rohingyas from Myanmar and has been urging the international community to work with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas and a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis,” she added.

That the crisis of the Palestinian people lingers for ages is a stark failure of the international community including the United Nations, she said, adding that Bangladesh strongly opposes the use of force by the occupying forces against the Palestinian civilian population including women, children and the elderly.


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