Bangladesh wants to work with UK to end war in Gaza and Ukraine: Foreign Minister

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অনুষ্ঠানে অন্যান্য অতিথিদের নিয়ে কেক কাটছেন পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী ড. হাছান মাহমুদ

On the occasion of Bangladesh’s 54th Independence and National Day celebrations, Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmood expressed his keen interest in working with the UK government to bring an early end to the ongoing war in Gaza and Ukraine, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in establishing a peaceful and conflict-free world.

Emphasizing the need for an immediate end to war in conflict zones around the world, including Gaza and Ukraine, he said, “It is necessary to stop the war and the killing of innocent people to ensure the normal life of people and to establish peace.”

UK Parliament Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt MP, UK Foreign Office Minister for Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and United Nations Lord Tariq were the chief guests at the event on Friday (May 3) at the historic Churchill Hall of the Queen Elizabeth Center in the British Parliament area. Ahmad, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate, Food and Rural Affairs Steve Reid and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh Rushnara Ali MP spoke as special guests. Saida Muna Tasnim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh appointed to the UK, gave a welcome speech.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s international affairs advisor. Gauhar Rizvi, former foreign minister and the current chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. AK Abdul Momen, Minister of State for Expatriate Welfare and Foreign Employment Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Habibur Rahman Habib MP, Sultan Mahmud Sharif, one of the organizers of the great liberation war of Bangladesh in the UK, freedom fighters expatriate in the UK, British parliamentarians, government officials, British politicians, high commissioners of various countries, ambassadors and Diplomats, senior representatives of the Commonwealth and International Maritime Organization (IMO), think tanks, media, academia and dignitaries from the British-Bangladeshi community in the UK participated in the event.

Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud in his speech paid deep respect to the father of the nation and the martyred freedom fighters. He expressed his gratitude to the UK government, its citizens and British-Bangladeshis for their support during Bangladesh’s independence war and vowed to elevate the historic relationship of Bangladesh-UK to a new height under the unique leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Foreign Minister gratefully recalled the then British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath for giving Bangabandhu a warm welcome as the first President of independent Bangladesh at No. 10 Downing Street, London on 8 January 1972 and former British Prime Minister Sir Harold Wilson for expressing deep grief after Bangabandhu’s brutal assassination on 15 August 1975. He called the UK a true friend of Bangladesh and emphasized the importance of the UK’s support for the speedy repatriation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

In his congratulatory message to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the January 7 elections, the Foreign Minister expressed sincere thanks to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for emphasizing on increasing the economic and security partnership between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

Highlighting the extraordinary growth achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, the world’s eyes are now on our country, which is going to be the 9th largest consumer market by 2030 and technology-driven ‘Smart Bangladesh’ by 2041. He appreciated the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to UK for launching the ‘Bangabandhu-Edward Heath Friendship Award’ and the ‘Bangabandhu-Harold Wilson Friendship Award’.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, paid deep respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and recalled the contribution of the British-Bangladeshis in the 1971 Liberation War.

High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasnim paid deep respect to the father of the nation and the martyrs of 1971 and said in her welcome speech that the United Kingdom is our important partner in realizing Bangabandhu’s dream Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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