PM CALLS FOR UNITY OF MUSLIM STATES FOR PALESTINE
Thereport24.com Desk, Dhaka:
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called for strong unity of Muslim countries against the backdrop of current crisis in Palestine to protect their rights.
Sheikh Hasina made the call while talking to visiting Deputy Chief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Khaled Mohammed Al-Kheder who called on her at her Tejgaon office here.
PM’s press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury said the Prime Minister mentioned that the two brotherly countries are maintaining very good relations and laid importance on further strengthening the bilateral ties.
Sheikh Hasina recalled that in 1974 the then Kuwait Emir Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah came to Bangladesh to take Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to OIC summit in Karachi.
“Since that visit of the Kuwait Emir, Sheikh Hasina said, the relations between Bangladesh and Kuwait started to grow”. Sheikh Hasina also recalled the US$ 200 million assistance of Kuwait government to Bangladesh during 1996-2001 period of the Awami League government to increase the level of foreign exchange reserve.
She informed the Kuwaiti General of the establishment of many high-level educational institutions under the management of Bangladesh Armed forces saying members of Kuwait armed forces may have the opportunities of higher education and training from those renowned institutions.
She also attached importance to exchange of visits between the armed forces of the two countries to further improve relations between the two countries.
Lt Gen Khaled Mohammed Al-Kheder said Bangladesh is a very popular name in Kuwait as members of Bangladesh Army helped a lot in mine sweeping operation after the Gulf War. Kuwaiti general said his country is grateful to Bangladesh for this.
He also said members of Bangladesh armed forces are now working in Kuwait very skillfully. “We are very much pleased with their jobs,” he said.
General Kheder also said Bangladesh armed forces would remain in Kuwait as long as his country needs. Kuwait ambassador to Bangladesh Ali Ahmed Ebrahim was present during the meeting.
OCTOBER 20, 2014