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Dhaka restates commitment to regional peace

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  • 19 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Dhaka restates commitment to regional peace

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Friday reiterated the unwavering commitment of the Bangladesh government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to ensuring peace and stability in the region and beyond.

“Guided by the principles of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh believes in peace and stability so that every country may devote its resources and energies to the pressing task of advancing the welfare of its own people,” he said.

The state minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the 10th round of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue titled ‘Reliving Bangabandhu’s Vision for India-Bangladesh Friendship’ in Shimla, India.

The two-day dialogue under the auspices of India Foundation and Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies ends today.  

Shahriar Alam said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had laid the strong foundation of Bangladesh-India relations based on respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and democratic norms and values.

The Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue is a forum to bring together key stakeholders, including think tanks and civil society, from both the countries to discuss issues of relevance. The 9th round of the dialogue was held in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in 2019.

With regard to people-to-people contact, the state minister highlighted the role of policymakers, media and civil society to create positive narratives.

Reflecting on Bangladesh’s impressive economic growth, he said the country creates newer opportunities for its partners.

The inaugural session was also attended by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and Member of the Governing Council of India Foundation Ram Madhav.

Awami League Presidium Member Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, MP, Mirza Azam, MP, Ashim Kumar Ukil, MP, and Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran are also attending the dialogue.