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Momen seeks to build solid partnership with neighbours, others

Staff Correspondent Daily-Bangladesh.com
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Newly appointed Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said Dhaka would seek to build “solid partnership” with immediate neighbours and other crucial development allies to elevate the country’s economic status, pursuing a rigorous economic diplomacy.

“We will seek partnership with all friendly countries (and) we want that partnership on solid base, on the basis of our trust and sovereignty,” he said in his first media appearance after assuming his duty a day after he was sworn in as the minister.

An economist by background, Momen said his office would focus on economic diplomacy for realizing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visions to elevate Bangladesh’s status as a higher middle income country by 2021 and achieve

sustainable development goals by 2030.

He said foreign office would act as a partner of other concerned ministries to draw more foreign investments as well.

“We would like to help all concern ministries and departments to attract more foreign investment in the country,” he said.

The minister said development goals like the Delta Plan 2100 would be another priority issues of his ministry as well as part of the government aspiration to make the country Sonar Bangla (golden Bangladesh) in real terms

as dreamt by Bangabandhu.

“These are not easy tasks. we got lots of challenge. But, we are a victorious nation, we will be able to overcome the challenges,” he said. Momen said Dhaka would continue to pursue the “friendship to all and malice towards none” policy set by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

“We believe in this policy. And for that we never fail during any election at the United Nations,” he said.

Momen said the new government needs cooperation from all quarters of the society including academicians, businessman and media to implement the development visions. “We need active cooperation, collaboration and

importantly partnership from all in this regards.”

He said another priority of his ministry is to celebrate the 100-year birth anniversary of Father of the Nation in 2020 and Silver Jubilee of Bangladesh independence in 2021. Momen said the Prime Minister by now gave directives to all ministers to work for every citizens of the country irrespective of political affiliations and belief.

Earlier, in an interview with BSS on Monday, Momen said intense relations with neighbors like India and China would remain as a major policy while he would try to cultivate more effective ties with all major foreign nations

like the US, UK, and France keeping intact Bangladesh’s integrity.

“In no time in the recent history our relations with India was so good, we will maintain it and rather take it to further,” said Momen, who previously served as Bangladesh’s permanent envoy to the United Nations with concurrent accreditation to South American republics of Chile and Peru.

Simultaneously, he said, Dhaka would try to reap the benefits of its ties with China as it offered a huge amount as credit for Bangladesh’s development.

Momen identified the Rohingya crisis as a major challenge while he preferred to call it an “economic issue” but feared it could affect the regional stability unless addressed through a consorted effort all.

“The issue needs to be solved as immediate as possible, otherwise it would affect the stability of the entire region,” he told BSS after the swearing-in ceremony yesterday.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were, among others, present while foreign ministry officials welcomed Momen at the ministry with a bouquet.

Daily Bangladesh/Sohug

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