by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka:
Bangladesh is always standing ready to maintain global peace amid the ever-changing security dynamics worldwide, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
“Any conflict or crisis affects every nation in the world, it significantly hampers the security and steady development of the states,” the Prime Minister said.
She was addressing the opening ceremony of 46th Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS)- 2022 in Dhaka’s Radisson Blu Hotel as the chief guest, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.
Bangladesh Army is co-hosting the international seminar along with the United States involving 27 countries.
Hasina said, “Our military has been playing a major role in global peacekeeping operations under the UN. We intend to maintain it.”
Bangladesh is well known around the world for its great contribution to peace support operations, she said praising the readiness of Bangladesh Army for maintaining peace far and near.
She said the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a firm believer of multi-lateralism, and in his very first speech at UN General Assembly in 1974, he (Bangabandhu) pronounced the essence of our foreign policy dictum: “Friendship to all, Malice to none”.
Bangabandhu also urged the world leaders for their honest and peaceful regional and global cooperation with respect to the sovereignty of the states, she added.
“We’ve always maintained a friendly relation with global and regional partners taking the strength from our foreign policy,” she added.
“This important issue (maintaining peace) led the countries to stronger cooperation for sustainable development,” she said, adding it also paved the way for civil and military diplomatic channels of communication, dialogue and summits.
She said IPAMS is a multinational platform that “can create senses of friendship and warmth so that peace and stability prevail in the region”.
Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed gave the vote of thanks.