Dhaka wants BIMSTEC to fulfil dream of Bangabandhu

Diplomatic Correspondent

29 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday told newly appointed Secretary General of BIMSTEC Tenzin Lekphell that Bangladesh wants the organisation to fulfil Bangabandhu’s dream of regional cooperation.  

The foreign minister received the secretary general of BIMSTEC at his office on the day.

Momen stated that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back in 1972 expressed his view of economic and social prosperity of the South Asian peoples through working with the neighbours in the region.

Since then, regional cooperation has been an integral component of the Constitution and Foreign Policy priorities of Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the able daughter of the Father of the Nation, attaches high importance to the BIMSTEC Forum as a tool of regional movement which is manifested in hosting the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka.  By the instruction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took an initiative to construct a new multi-storied iconic building for the BIMSTEC Secretariat, he added.

The foreign minister expressed his pleasure at Tenzin Lekphell’s appointment as the third secretary general of BIMSTEC nominated by Bhutan, the first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country.