World leaders were fascinated by Bangabandhu's political foresight: Momen
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World leaders were fascinated by Bangabandhu’s political foresight: Momen

Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen said that all the world leaders who met Bangabandhu were impressed by Bangabandhu’s political foresight and skill.

He spoke as the chief guest at the unveiling ceremony of the book titled ‘World Leaders on Bangabandhu and Bangladesh’ at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital on Thursday (October 26).

On the occasion of Mujib Year and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs compiled 232 speeches and statements of world leaders on the ten-day ‘Mujib Chirantan’ program on March 16-27.

Dr Momen said Bangabandhu was not only loved by the people of Bangladesh, but he also had many friends and well-wishers on the world stage. He became one of the most coveted political figures in the world.

The Foreign Minister said that through the speeches and sayings of the world leaders compiled in this book, some crucial issues of Bangabandhu and Bangladesh have come up very clearly.

He said world leaders in their speeches on the magical leadership of Bangabandhu, the wonderful development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, providing humanitarian shelter to more than 11 million forcibly displaced Myanmar, climate change, women empowerment, inclusive development and any solution to problems through dialogue with neighbouring countries. He lauded the achievements of Sheikh Hasina’s government.

Dr Momen added that through this book, our next generation would also know the assessment of world leaders about Bangabandhu and Bangladesh. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam said that the book praised the world leaders for their peace-oriented and development-oriented diplomatic efforts and achievements. He also mentioned that this collection of speeches and statements of heads of state and government of different countries, heads of various international organizations, including the United Nations and other international personalities about Bangabandhu and Bangladesh would be appreciated as an essential book for researchers.

The book’s first chapter features speeches by Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotte Shering, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Salih, Nepalese President Vidya Devi Bhandari and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The second chapter contains 179 messages from world leaders to the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. The third chapter contains 13 letters sent by the leaders of various international organizations, and the fourth chapter contains 35 video messages. The fifth chapter includes ten messages sent by multiple influential personalities. All these speeches and sayings have shown the genuine respect and love of the world leaders for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At the same time, they lauded the achievements of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Foreign Minister also unveiled the wrappers of two books, ‘Bangladesh at Fifty’ edited by ASM Shamsul Arefin and ‘Bangabandhu for You’ edited by Satyam Roy Chowdhury.

Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary celebration was attended by the chief coordinator of the National Implementation Committee. Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masood bin Momen thanked them on occasion.

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md. Secretary of Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others. Khurshid Alam, Secretary (West), Sabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary (East) Mashfi Binte Shams and senior ministry officials were present. Besides, the heads of Bangladesh missions abroad also attended the event through virtual.

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