Bangladesh has sought Greek support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas continuously being persecuted in their homeland in western Rakhine province of Myanmar.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Greece Ashud Ahmed discussed the issue while presenting his credentials to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at a ceremony at the Greek Presidency in Athens recently, said the Embassy on Sunday.
The Ambassador briefed the President about the burden Bangladesh has been bearing for the last four years by giving shelter to over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Myanmar people on humanitarian ground.
During the meeting held between the President and the Ambassador following the presentation of the credentials, the President congratulated and felicitated the Ambassador for taking over the important assignment.
Thanking the President for receiving him and giving her audience, the Ambassador conveyed to the President the greetings and regards of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Mentioning about the existing excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Greece, the Ambassador expressed his commitment to contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral relations through identifying new areas of mutual cooperation for the benefit of the two friendly countries.
He mentioned that Greece was one of the first countries that recognised Bangladesh after its independence in 1971.
Speaking on Bangladesh, especially the enviable growth rate and continuous upward trajectory of its economy under the government of the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Ambassador informed the Greek President of the different prospective sectors including ship building, tourism, recycling and energy for consideration of the Greek investors and business community mentioning about various facilities and incentives being offered by the incumbent business friendly government.
The Ambassador suggested the President that a business delegation can accompany the Foreign Minister during his reciprocal bilateral visit to Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time so that the two business communities can see for themselves the potential areas for investment and business development.
He informed the President of the successful ever bilateral visit of Bangladesh Foreign Minister to Greece last year that saw a huge dynamism for tapping potential areas of investment and doing business by the two business people.
In response to the issues raised by the Ambassador, the Greek President hoped that the bilateral relations would be further strengthened during his tenure and expressed her happiness over the existing business and investment potentials in Bangladesh for exploring by the two business communities.
The President conveyed her regards for the President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh wishing them good health and peace and prosperity of the country.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami and his spouse Sangeeta Doraiswami joined the Media Para Sarbojonin Durgotshob celebrations in the city Saturday on the occasion of Shuvo Maha Ashtami.
He expressed enthralment after visitng the Puja Mandap in Kawran Bazar in the evening and said Bangladesh is an ideal example of non-communalism.
“The friendship of Bangladesh and India not only in South Asia but also important across the world”, he said.
This was Doraiswami's first celebration of Durga Puja in Bangladesh.
The High Commissioner and his wife Sangeeta Doraiswami felt fascinated as general people of all religion organised the Durga Puja.
Meanwhile, Durga Puja has been arranged this year at 30,213 mandaps across the country. An adequate number of Law enforcers has been deployed to ensure the security of the mandaps and maintain law and order.
Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, began on Thursday with Maha Sashthi puja at temples across the country maintaining health guidelines set by the government to contain the corona pandemic.
A mood of festivity persists among the devotees irrespective of age marking the festival while adequate security measures have already been taken at puja pandals across the country.
The five-day festival starts with 'Bodhon' of the Goddess Durga marking Sashthi while the festival will come to an end with the immersion of idols of the Goddess Durga in nearby rivers and water bodies across the country on October 26.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed deep shock at the demise of Prince of Brunei Darussalam Abdul Azim.
In a message written to Foreign Minister of Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiahm on Saturday, Dr Momen conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved Royal family, the government and the people of Brunei Darussalam for this unbearable loss.
Foreign Minister Momen wished that the bereaved family members would have enough fortitude to cope with this intolerable loss.
The High Commission of Bangladesh in the Capital of Brunei lowered the flag at half mast along with other diplomatic missions to show respect to the departed Prince of Brunei Darussalam.
Brunei's Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim died on Saturday at the age of 38 following a prolonged illness.
Born in Bandar Seri Begawan on July 29, 1982, Prince Haji 'Abdul' Azim is the second born prince of Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
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The Chinese Embassy in Dhaka has reacted to US' claim that China has done very little to resolve the Rohingya issue terming it "inappropriate and not constructive at all".
The Embassy in a post shared on its verified Facebook page said Stephen E Biegun, US Deputy Secretary of State, during a press briefing in Washington D.C. summarising his trip to India and Bangladesh said that China “has unfortunately done very little to help resolve the Rohingya issue”.
"It is everybody’s expectation that Biegun’s visit should focus on the Bangladesh-US relationship," said the Embassy.
Biegun, the Embassy said, had started making groundless accusations against China on October 15 even before he left Bangladesh, with reference to China-India border conflicts, tension in the Taiwan Strait, issues in the South China Sea and the Hong Kong national security legislation, which have nothing to do with Bangladesh.
"Such behavior is not only a severe breach of diplomatic protocols, but also a huge disrespect for Bangladesh, the host of his visit, a peace-loving nation who believes “friendship to all and malice to none” should be the way to do diplomacy," reads the Embassy post.
The Embassy said Biegun’s remarks on October 20 is simply a continuation of such behavior, using the Rohingya issue, the gravest concern of Bangladesh, to criticise China and ‘promulgate his own bias’.
Since China and the US have plenty of bilateral channels to solve their problems, Biegun should not have dragged any third party in without prior consent, said the Embassy, mentioning that they both have come here for friendship with Bangladesh.
Since 2017, China has chaired three rounds of ministerial-level meetings on the Rohingya issue and numerous bilateral and tripartite consultations at the working level, aiming at early repatriation, said the Embassy.
"Our political and humanitarian efforts started at the very beginning and will continue until a duration solution is found," it said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephonic conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday evening and said Myanmar recently assured them (China) of taking back Rohingyas who are temporarily taking shelter in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima has said increased women’s leadership in peacekeeping would require a holistic approach to women’s role in peace as a whole.
Ambassador Fatima made the remarks in an event entitled, “Leading from the Frontlines: Women Leaders in UN Peacekeeping” on Friday jointly organized by Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Canada and UK in New York, in commemoration of 20th anniversary of the landmark Security Council Resolution 1325.
Adopted in 2000, the resolution 1325 was the first Security Council resolution to recognize women’s role in peace and security.
The Ambassador highlighted the pioneering role of Bangladesh in women’s participation in peacekeeping.
She underlined various critical roles that women peacekeepers play in war-ravaged countries, particularly in addressing sexual and gender-based violence, building mutual confidence, and inspiring women in those societies to contribute in nation-building efforts.
However, Ambassador Fatima expressed regret that women’s participation in peace process including in peacekeeping operations remains very low.
She acknowledged the ongoing efforts of the UN and other member countries in trying to increase women’s participation in peacekeeping.
Referring to the recent Security Council Resolution 2538 on ‘Women in Peacekeeping Operations’, she called for ensuring adequate training, women friendly space and environment in the mission setting to encourage greater participation of women, and implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
Ambassador Fatima called for accelerated efforts to implement the WPS agenda at the national level, and its internalization in the UN system including in the country offices.
Other speakers included Under-Secretary General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Defense Chief of Canada General Jonathan Vance, Charge d’Affaires of UK Ambassador Jonathon Allen, as well as several women leaders from the field, including Deputy Force Commander from MINURSO, Police Commissioner from UNMISS, and Regional Commander MINUSCA in Gao.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN and President of the UN Security Council (in March 2000) wrapped up and closed the discussion. Ambassadors and representatives from the Permanent Missions of Australia, Indonesia and Ireland also participated in the discussion.
The event gathered participation from a wide range of stakeholders including from the diplomatic missions, military establishments, academia, NGOs and civil society.
Bangladesh, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2000, played a leading role in the adoption of the Resolution 1325. The Government has last year launched a National Action Plan for implementation of the WPS agenda.
Bangladesh currently contributes the largest number of peacekeepers including women to the UN peace operations.
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