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Momen: Change of mindset needed for lasting peace, stability

  • Published at 06:56 pm September 30th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The foreign minister underscores the need to build cohesive and inclusive societies to fight the menace of mistrust, intolerance, hate speech and xenophobia that the Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has stressed a change of mindset to achieve lasting peace and stability in the world. 

He made the remark in a recorded statement delivered at the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAoC) Group of Friends on Tuesday.

Dr Momen said that the world must inculcate a mindset of tolerance, a mindset of respect and love for others irrespective of religion, ethnicity, colour and race, to achieve peace and harmony, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. 

The Alliance of Civilization can be an effective “soft power” to bring about changes in the mindset of people, which is essential for a sustainable world of peace and stability, he added.

The foreign minister highlighted the multifaced challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has generated in societies.

He underscored the need to build cohesive and inclusive societies to fight the menace of mistrust, intolerance, hate speech and xenophobia that the pandemic has given rise to.

Bangladesh greatly values the principles of tolerance, secularism, ethnic diversity and communal harmony, which are embedded in the constitution, Dr Momen said. 

He laid emphasis on inclusion, forging partnership, and respecting diversity as critical in the efforts to build back better from the devastating fallout of Covid-19.

The minister further underlined the need to utilize lessons learnt from past crises, and reinforce social cohesion and peaceful coexistence to contribute to preventing social tensions between individuals and communities in this challenging time.