• Saturday, Oct 01, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Shahriar: Bangladesh for peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 11:55 am December 13th, 2020
rohingya camp
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The policy of maintaining friendly and good neighbourly relations has guided Bangladesh through difficult times with Myanmar, says the state minister

Bangladesh has remained steadfast in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s path of peace and continued its engagements with Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis in a peaceful manner, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam has said.

“We hope to see the problem to be resolved permanently with the sustainable return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar as expressed by our prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] at the UN General Assembly,” he said on Sunday.

He said Bangladesh enjoys the best of its relations with its largest neighbour India, and it is the policy of friendly and good neighbourly relations with neighbours that guided Bangladesh through difficult times with its neighbour Myanmar.

Shahriar mentioned that Rohingya influx from Myanmar into Bangladesh has created a humanitarian crisis and soured the relations in recent times.

He was addressing a webinar titled “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh: Leadership and Foreign Policy” organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

BIISS Chairman Ambassador M Fazlul Karim and its Director General Major General Md Emdad Ul Bari, among others, spoke at the webinar.

Shahriar said Bangabandhu clearly understood that in a realist world that was marred by conflicts, wars, and rivalries; it would be important for a country like Bangladesh not only to keep equidistance but uphold multilateralism, particularly through the UN system.

“Hence, this remained Bangladesh’s diplomatic strength where Bangladesh engages as an active voice in various normative and policymaking initiatives. Bangladesh has maintained its success in promoting international peace and security through peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities, under the pragmatic and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

In the coming days, the state minister said, Bangladesh will continue to follow Bangabandhu’s footsteps in its peace-centric and sustainable development focused approach in the international forum. “Bangabandhu believed in the collective power of Bengali nation and humanity.”

Amidst this global Covid-19 pandemic, whereas many of the nations are struggling to keep up their economic progression, Bangladesh is performing admirably, he said.

“It’s my firm belief that the dreams and aspirations those were sown by our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to turn this country into “Sonar Bangla”, will be achieved through the indomitable resolve and hard work by the nation under the leadership of our great leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

Bangladesh is celebrating 2020 as “Mujib Borhso,” or Mujib Year, to mark its Bangabandhu’s birth century; also mourn, and reflect on, his brutal assassination 46 years ago on the August 15, 1975.

The designated paper presenters were Prof Dr Gobinda Chakraborty, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka; Prof Dr ASM Ali Ashraf, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Dr Smruti Pattanaik, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi; Prof Shahab Enam Khan, Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University; Dr Sufia Khanom, Senior Research Fellow, and M Ashique Rahman, Research Fellow, BIISS.

They shed light on the following topics: “Post-War Reconstruction”; “Balancing Divergent Global Powers”; “Bangabandhu: Leader of the Oppressed”; “Idea of Regional Cooperation”; “Empowerment of Women” and “Roots of Bangladesh Foreign Policy”.

Speakers emphasized the fact that Bangabandhu has been a charismatic leader in world history and his entire life was dedicated to the oppressed people.

The nature of Bangladesh’s foreign policy has been a balancing one since the time of Bangabandhu. Leadership, wisdom, and personal relationship with world leaders enabled him to achieve diplomatic successes in the international arena through friendship, solidarity and cooperation, they said.

Senior officials from different ministries, ambassadors and high commissioners, senior civil and military officials, media, academia, teachers and students from different universities participated at the webinar and shared their opinions.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail