Bangladesh promotes culture of Peace: Momen

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Dhaka, Feb 11: Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen on Friday said Bangladesh has been promoting a ‘culture of peace’ which is actually Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s philosophy of peace.

“Bangabandhu wanted an independent refuge in the very quotidian life of man where he or she could be safe from oppression, hunger, malnutrition, ignorance and hatred,” he told the UAE strategic community today while presenting a keynote speech at the prestigious Emirates Centre for Strategic and Security Studies at Abu Dhabi.

The programme highlights the Vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Global Peace and World Security, a foreign ministry press release said here.

“Bangabandhu gave precedence to the ‘rule of law’. Even when those same rules and laws were institutionalized to oppose his vision and his political and economic objectives, Bangabandhu never adhered to violence or hatred as a counter measure,” said the minister.

Foreign Minister noted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision of the world and of world peace is rooted in the visions of Bangabandhu.

During the 66th UN General Assembly in 2011, he said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the world a six-point multi-dimensional peace-centric development model for championing democracy and people’s empowerment.

The six multipliers of her proposed model include eradication of poverty and hunger, reduction of inequality and gainful employment, mitigation of deprivation, inclusion of excluded people, acceleration of human development and including imparting education and technology and elimination of terrorism.

The foreign minister noted that economic diplomacy of Bangladesh is designing ‘systems’ with flexible and adaptable designs, building ‘Infrastructures’ with the capacity to host multi-level networks and developing ‘capabilities’ to create and sustain superior technological efficiency.

Earlier, today, Chairman of the leading Lulu Group Yusuf Ali called on the Bangladesh Foreign Minister who is now visiting UAE.

During the meeting, both the sides discussed about the possibilities of integrating the country’s productive capabilities to the global supply chain solutions routing through the UAE, the Gulf and the UK and the EU territories.

Later, the Foreign Minister called on the Director General IRENA where both the sides discussed about the possibility of renewable energy production and deployment.

Dr Momen also met with the leading Bangladesh origin business persons in the UAE and spoke to the Business council.