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Bangabandhu’s foreign policy still works towards friendly ties: Momen

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Despite power rivalry, Bangabandhu with his visionary leadership navigated the country’s international relations in a direction that still works as a guiding principle for Bangladesh, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen observed on Saturday.

“The primary goals of Bangabandhu’s foreign policy were to be in a big-league of friendly countries, attain recognition for the newly independent country and ensure membership of international organizations,” he said.

The minister’s comments came at a webinar on “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh: An Epic Nation’s Emergence and Emancipation,” organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

At the event, he launched a book published by BIISS on Bangabandu titled “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh: An Epic of a Nation’s Emergence and Emancipation.”

The book is a compilation of revised and edited versions of the papers presented at the seminars and webinars throughout the year.  State Minister for Planning Dr. Samsul Alam noted that Bangabandhu not only acted for the nation’s emergence and emancipation but also provided post-emergence invaluable guidelines for its people to materialise his long-cherished dream of building a Sonar Bangla.

“Bangabandhu established more institutions aimed at progress for Bangladesh, thus preparing the basis for a developed future for his country’s people,” he said. 

In his opening remarks, BIISS Director General Maj Gen Md Emdad Ul Bari said Bangabandhu might have disappeared physically but his sacrifice for this nation and aspirations towards a Golden Bengal would live forever and inspire generations who are working relentlessly and collectively to realize the dream of Golden Bengal, defying all odds.

BIISS Chairman Ambassador M Fazlul Karim noted that Bangabandhu’s belief of emancipation and social justice for the downtrodden people today is an exemplary motivation for generations to come.

A paper was presented by Dr Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Bangladesh University of Professionals. Dr Atiur Rahman, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, University of Dhaka presented another paper.

There was an open discussion session in the webinar. Senior officials from different ministries, ambassadors and high commissioners, senior civil and military officials, media, academia, think tanks, business personalities, and teachers from different universities participated.