PM urges Maldives to be partner in Bangladesh’s development journey

  |  Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 |  5:25 pm
       

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the government and private sector of Maldives to be partner in Bangladesh’s development journey for mutual benefits, as she addressed the Maldivian national parliament in Male.

“I hope that our warm and friendly relations will further be consolidated. Bangladesh is thriving with possibilities and potentials. I call upon both the government and private sector of the Maldives to be our partner in the development journey in the next fifty years for mutual benefit,” she said.

Mentioning that no country in the world can prosper in isolation, the premier said the Covid-19 pandemic has taught all that they are interdependent and have to share their experiences for the sake of a better, secured, and prosperous world.

“We reiterate our principled position of collaboration with our fraternal neighbors in South Asia, as had been enunciated by our Father of the Nation,” she said.

Mentioning that no country in the world can prosper in isolation, the premier said the Covid-19 pandemic has taught all that they are interdependent and have to share their experiences for the sake of a better, secured, and prosperous world.

“We reiterate our principled position of collaboration with our fraternal neighbors in South Asia, as had been enunciated by our Father of the Nation,” she said.

On the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s arrival at the People’s Majlis, she was received by Speaker Mohamed Nasheed and the Deputy Speaker, BSS reports.

The Maldivian Parliament Speaker in his speech highly praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her role in leading the developing nations particularly to fight the climate change impact on the global stage.

He referred to a BBC report that described Sheikh Hasina as one of the five deal makers to pursue the climate change issues at the 76th United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA).

The Speaker presented the Prime Minister a boat painting.

The Prime Minister later signed the visitors’ book and held a meeting with the Speaker of the Maldives parliament.

Addressing the parliament, Sheikh Hasina said, “We are particularly encouraged to witness your development journey, your successful transition from LDC to a middle-income country, and we hope Bangladesh and Maldives would tap the complementarities.”

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to address the distinguished members of the Majlis, at this home of politics and policies, which is the heart of democracy of this beautiful country,” she told the Maldives parliament.

“As a person who has been involved in politics all her life, I am delighted to be here at the Parliament of a fraternal country with whom we share historical linkages, multiple commonalities, similar challenges, and a shared vision of prosperity,” she added.

The Bangladesh premier said that 2021 was a landmark year for Bangladesh-Maldives bilateral relations with the exchange of high-level visits, fruitful bilateral discussions among relevant authorities, and goodwill exchange of collaboration on many areas of bilateral interests.

“We firmly believe we would further consolidate our bilateral relations through further expansion of trade, investment, connectivity, tourism, and people-to-people contacts,” she added.

The Prime Minister said she hopes that the next fifty years’ journey of the two countries will be even more fruitful and bring meaningful changes to the lives of the people.

“I wish prosperity and happiness for the people of the Maldives and its pioneering leaders,” she said.

Taking this opportunity, she said, “I want to pay homage to our Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who selflessly devoted his whole life for the cause of democracy and establishing a society free from hunger-poverty, deprivation, and injustice.”

The Prime Minister thanked President Solih for attending the opening celebrations of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence in March last.

“Our path to independence and emancipation has not been an easy one. Our Father of the Nation struggled all his life to bring happiness to the people of Bengal. He spent about 13 years out of 24 years from 1947 to 1971 in jail with occasional intervals,” she added.

The Father of the Nation took responsibility for his people after returning home on 10 January 1972 and started reconstructing and rebuilding the war-ravaged country and rolled on the wheels of its economy and transformed a newborn country from rubles into a Least Developed Country (LDC) status within only three and a half years, she said.

Unfortunately, Father of the Nation was brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975 along with 18 family members, she told the Maldivian parliament.

“My younger sister and I escaped since we were out of the country. I spent six years in exile and, since my return to Bangladesh, suffered imprisonment, multiple assassination attempts, and much hardship,” she said, adding, “However, it is my greatest satisfaction that today Bangladesh has won acclaim for establishing democracy and pluralism.”

Following the independence, Bangabandhu laid down the foundation of the path to the socio-economic freedom of the country, she said.

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