BAN KI-MOON, BISWAL SHOWER PRAISES ON HASINA
BSS, New York
Friends of Bangladesh including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have showered praises on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her invaluable contribution to world peace and security side by side with stellar development in the country.
They also lauded Hasina for her firm stance against terrorism and militancy and achieving millennium development goals by Bangladesh in different fields.
“Your role in establishing world peace and security is praiseworthy,” the UN secretary general said at a gala function here marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s membership to the United Nations.
Apart from Ban Ki-moon, UN Under Secretary General Ameerah Haq, United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov, UK Ambassador to the United States Peter Westmacott, Senior Official of the Ministry of External Affairs of India Binod Kumar, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova also spoke on the occasion.
Appreciating the leadership of Hasina, Ban Ki-moon said Bangladesh made important gains in the millennium development goals. “I hope that the trend of Bangladesh’s development would continue under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said. “My special tribute to congratulate Bangladesh and its people for the successes the country achieved in different sectors including MDGs and disaster management,” he said.
Moon said Bangladesh advanced much in establishing “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “The picture we saw in Bangladesh in 2008 was fully different in 2011. During the period Bangladesh made stunning development,” he said.
The UN secretary general also eulogised Bangladesh’s firm commitment to the UN charter as well as is contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission.
Moon expressed his delight to join the function marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s membership to the world body. Reminiscing his responsibility as a junior foreign service officer when he was posted in central India, he said Bangladesh was also under his jurisdiction. “I travelled to Bangladesh several times by Bangladesh Biman when I was posted in India from 1972-1977,” he said.
US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal said Bangladesh made huge progress in different fields including MDGs under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina. “Bangladesh had been turned into a food-surplus country from a food-deficit one under your leadership,” she said, adding the United States is proud as it has been a partner of development of Bangladesh. Biswal said once Bangladesh used to seek help from other countries. “But now other countries seek help from Bangladesh,” she said.
About Dhaka-Washington ties, the US assistant secretary of state said these relations are not government-to-government. “These ties are people-to-people, citizens-to-citizens and friends-to-friends.”
The Russian deputy foreign minister said his country highly values the constructive role of Sheikh Hasina in establishing world peace and security. “The uncompromising policy of Sheikh Hasina in establishing peace and security in the world has been widely recognised,” he said. He also said Sheikh Hasina’s firm stance against terrorism and militancy has been acclaimed worldwide. Recalling the deep relations between Moscow and Dhaka, Gennadiy Gatilov said: “We are happy that Bangladesh-Russia ties are on the right track.”
In this connection, he mentioned that Russia always stood beside Bangladesh whenever it sought Moscow’s help in the United Nations.
Highly appreciating Bangladesh’s stunning uplift in different sectors including human resources development, Helen Clark said she was astonished by seeing the success. In this connection, she recalled the visit to remote Char Kukri Mukri village of southern Bangladesh during inauguration of union information service centres.
The UNESCO director general said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had delivered the powerful speech at the United Nations in the history of the world body.
Through the historic speech, she said, the great leader ensured the rights of the people of Bangladesh. At the outset of the speech, Irina Bokova greeted the audience with “Shubho Aporanho” in clear Bangla. She said Bangladesh made tremendous development in the fields of girl child and woman education.
Ameerah Haq appreciated Bangladesh’s contribution towards UN peacekeeping missions, saying that Bangladesh’s peacekeepers made highest sacrifice to this end.
In this connection, the UN under secretary general recalled a guard of honour given to her by Bangladesh’s women police contingent in Congo.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014