by our correspondent in Dhaka;-
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked Bangladeshi diplomats to infuse dynamism in their engagement prioritizing economic diplomacy to the maximum benefit in the fast changing global order.
“We have to pursue diplomacy in such a way that we can boost up the country’s trade and commerce and achieve economic self-dependency by working together with all,” she said in Dhaka on Friday.
Hasina was addressing a commemorative meeting marking the 46th anniversary of delivering maiden speech in the UN in Bangla by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1974.
The Prime Minister joined the session organized at the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka through video conferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence.
She said the duty of diplomatic missions has changed in today’s world as economic diplomacy has surfaced alongside the political one. And the diplomats must purse it.
Stressing for the need of working in unison to maintain global peace, Hasina said the world is interdependent.
“We expect assistance from all. Likewise, if any country needs help from us, we are ready to do so,” she said wishing the global economic wheels will start rolling soon after the end of the current novel coronavirus pandemic.
She also urged everyone to work together to this end.
Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen readout the keynote speech while State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry Md. Shahriar Alam, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen spoke on the occasion.
Two audio-visual presentations were screened on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech delivered in Bangla in the UNGA and Bangabandhu’s first office in Sugandha depicting the early days of the government of Bangladesh as a nascent state was also made at the function.
Bangabandhu was the first Bangalee who made history by delivering the first Bangla speech at the UNGA on 25 September in 1974.
The Prime Minister wished that the Foreign Ministry would be more efficient and achieve more success in the diplomatic arena in the days to come.
She also inaugurated the newly constructed Foreign Service Academy Building and unveiled cover of two books: “Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina, and the United Nations: Bangladesh at the World Stage” and “Bangagandhu: The People’s Hero” published by the Foreign Ministry, at the same function.