‘Work together to tackle Covid’

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen has called on all countries of the world to work together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

He made the call while addressing the 5th episode of the Bangabandhu Lecture Series being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a virtual platform on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Foreign Minister said that the partnership and cooperation of all the countries of the world is essential in tackling the pandemic.

In order to get rid of the pandemic, all the rich and poor people in the world must be vaccinated. In this case, all countries have to work together.

Former UN Under-Secretary-General Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury presented the keynote address at the lecture titled the ‘Birth of Bangladesh and its inspirational legacy in global diplomacy’.

“We want to establish lasting peace in the world,” Dr. Momen said. “Bangabandhu firmly believed that peace was essential for development. Throughout his life, Bangabandhu attached importance to peace and stability. He wanted to establish Bangladesh as a place of peace. Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are inseparable. One cannot be separated from the other. Bangabandhu became a world leader by highlighting the problems of the oppressed people of the world. Bangabandhu established secularism, which is essential for religious harmony.”

He said the speeches of Bangabandhu should be read by all including the young diplomats of Bangladesh.

He mentioned that in his first Bengali speech at the United Nations on 25 September 1974, Bangabandhu raised 26 issues including the aspirations of mankind, global inequality, technology transfer and ownership, economic structure, which are still very relevant.

Dr. Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thinks that people should be empowered irrespective of men and women to face various challenges.