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The Daily Ittefaq

No reason to see new sanctions: Shahriar Alam

Update : 31 May 2023, 16:01

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said that there is no reason to see new sanctions.

Responding to a question, he said the government is absolutely not under any pressure from anywhere. 

The state minister came up with the assertion while speaking at a discussion titled "Bangladesh at the Crossroads" organized by the Daily Ittefaq at a city hotel on Wednesday. The Daily Ittefaq Executive Director and Publisher Tareen Hossain delivered the welcome remarks.

He also said that the recent visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan, USA, Qatar was very successful. He also talked about some other issues, including friendly relationship of Bangladesh with other countries of the world.

The state minister also praised the bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Japan.

When asked about any sort of pressure to Bangladesh from China regarding Global Development Initiative (GDI), he said that Bangladesh joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But, GDI is a new idea-project.

"We are under no pressure from anyone," he added.

He also said we follow Bangabandhu's foreign policy: "Friendship to all, malice to none."

Regarding a political question, Md Shahriar Alam said free and fair election requires equal political commitments from all political parties.

He hoped that all political parties will take part in the election.

About the Rohingya crisis, he said the government is doing its best. He also hoped to get cooperation from the major countries to solve the crisis.

Responding to a question on pressure on the government, Shahriar Alam posed a counter question, "Do you really think even if someone wants to put pressure they can move Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina?"

He said she (PM Sheikh Hasina) is the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “That is her pride and that is what drives her. Please do some justice to this legacy and do not invite such weaker observations.”


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