Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria Md Shameem Ahsan has handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigerian government as a friendly gesture marking the Mujib Borsho.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of Nigeria received the PPE recently in the presence of Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, State Minister of Health of Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary (Secretary) of the Federal Ministry of Health, senior officials of the government were, among others, present, said the High Commission on Wednesday.
PPE manufactured by Bangladesh’s leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited include protective gowns, shoe-cover, face masks and gloves, among others.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner mentioned that Bangladesh and Nigeria enjoy friendly and cordial bilateral relations, and both are fighting the pandemic which has brought the countries closer.
He expressed his satisfaction over the symbolic gesture which coincided with the year-long programme to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Mujib Year).
Boss Mustapha thanked Bangladesh High Commissioner for the friendly gesture of the government of Bangladesh while informing that Bangladesh and Nigeria are working closely in many areas, including in the field of defence.
Following the surge of Covid-19, Bangladesh's gesture will help deepen the existing cordial relations between the two friendly countries, he added.
Bidosh Chandra Barman, First Secretary accompanied the High Commissioner.
A limited series of special edition wristwatches designed and commissioned by High Commission of India were unveiled on Tuesday as part of celebrating "Mujib Borsho" together.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader and High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Vikram Doraiswami unveiled the wristwatches.
The watches bear the image of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his signature on the dial and represents the timelessness of his message as well as his eternal relevance.
Speaking on the occasion, Obaidul Quader recalled the shared history of the Liberation War which is the bedrock on which the Bangladesh-India bilateral relation is built.
High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami emphasized that while Bangabandhu is the Father of Nation of Bangladesh, he is a hero to the Indian people.
"It is only natural that Indians also wish to celebrate Mujib Borsho with the same affection and respect as they did when he visited India in January 1972, en-route to Bangladesh upon the country’s liberation," he said.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had paid tribute to Bangabandhu during the commencement of Mujib Borsho commemorations on March 17, 2020.
Calling Bangabandhu a courageous leader, Prime Minister Modi had emphasized that Bangabandhu’s life was an inspiration to all.
These special edition watches were designed and specially manufactured in India for the High Commission by TITAN, the celebrated watchmaking division of India’s multinational TATA Group.
The University of Brasília, a prestigious academic institution of Latin America, has agreed to establish a “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Chair” at its South Asian Studies department.
A professor of the university will also translate “The Unfinished Memoirs”, a historical work of Bangabandhu, into Brazilian Portuguese.
The translated book would be published by the University of Brasília press.
These decisions, aimed at branding Bangladesh through public diplomacy initiatives, were taken at a recent meeting between the Bangladesh Ambassador to Brazil Md. Zulfiqur Rahman and the Rector (Vice Chancellor) of the University of Brasília Dr. Marcia Abrahão Moura, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
The Bangabandhu Chair at the University of Brasília would focus on conducting research on the life and achievements of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
This would include Bangabandhu’s charismatic leadership and lifelong struggle for the freedom of the Bangali people and for the independence of Bangladesh.
His courageous leadership in the reconstruction of the war-devastated Bangladesh and taking Bangladesh to the world stage would also be studied.
Establishment of the Bangabandhu Chair in a Brazilian university would certainly open a new horizon for the Brazilian scholars to study the socio economic development story of Bangladesh.
Their research would also help Brazilian policymakers to have a better understanding about the geostrategic and geopolitical importance of Bangladesh.
Translation of “The Unfinished Memoirs” into Brazilian Portuguese will introduce the greatest Bangali, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to the Brazilian audience.
This would be a great facilitator in enhancing people-to-people contact between Bangladesh, an emerging economy, and Brazil, the biggest economy of the Latin American continent and the eighth largest economy of the world, said the MoFA.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said Bangladesh will approach for resuming the Rohingya repatriation talks after the full formation of a new government in Myanmar, saying Bangladesh stands ready to send back Rohingyas.
The repatriation talks remain halted due to Covid-19 pandemic and elections in Myanmar.
Bangladesh will also activate a tripartite mechanism -- Bangladesh-China-Myanmar-- so that Myanmar takes back their Rohingyas from Bangladesh, said the Foreign Minister adding that such three meetings are already held.
"Rohingya remains a big problem. We remain engaged on all fronts," he told reporters after a discussion on 'Sylhet Development Authority Law' at Foreign Service Academy.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh's friends like Japan, China, the United Kingdom and the European Union are mounting pressure on Myanmar afresh to resolve the crisis.
"Myanmar gives us Commitments again and again. But they don't take back their nationals," he said.
Responding to a question, Dr Momen said the government will send 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char but no date for such relocation is fixed yet. "You’ll know when the date will be fixed."
He said the Myanmar government is not fully formed yet though an election was held there. "When all countries will recognise the (new) Myanmar government, we'll also do the same."
The Myanmar side gave commitment over repatriation of Rohingyas in various ways but not a single Rohingya returned to Rakhine over the last three years.
There is a trust deficit among Rohingyas that needs to be addressed by the Myanmar side, Bangladesh said.
Apart from the commitment to take back their nationals, Myanmar also informed that they have published a booklet on the work the Myanmar side has done and Rohingyas will be given those booklets to know the situation in Rakhine.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has conveyed to his Bangladesh counterpart that Myanmar recently assured them (China) of taking back Rohingyas who are temporarily taking shelter in Bangladesh.
Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party claimed that it has won enough seats in Parliament to constitute an absolute majority and retain power, according to AP.
The Foreign Minister recently said Rohingyas will "jeopardise regional and international security" if the 1.1 million Rohingya people are left unattended and not given the opportunity to return to their homeland.
Repatriation attempts failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas' "lack of trust" on the Myanmar government.
About the incoming passengers from abroad, the Foreign Minister said all will be tested for Covid-19. "We remain very strict on it."
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said the battle against the “pandemic of intolerance” needs a concerted “whole of society” approach and a rock-solid partnership involving all stakeholders.
He expressed deep concern over the recent rise of hate speech, xenophobic attitude and human rights violation targeting religious minorities in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Foreign Minister Momen was addressing the high-level virtual Ministerial Meeting to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief organised by Poland on Monday.
The meeting was attended by high-level representatives from more than 50 countries including Poland, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Slovakia, Morocco, Latvia, and Kazakhstan.
He highlighted that even in this current global context, Bangladesh has steadfastly maintained a peaceful co-existence of different groups and ensured the safety and security of all citizens irrespective of their religious background.
Underscoring the secular identity of Bangladesh as laid down by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Foreign Minister mentioned about the “zero-tolerance approach” of the government towards any form of violence and discrimination against religious minorities under any pretext.
He expressed deep concern over the recent trend of attacking religion by some countries as well as persecution of minorities by some others based on ethnicity and religion.
Dr Momen referred to the mass atrocities and persecutions of Rohingyas by Myanmar and their temporary refuge in Bangladesh.
In order to achieve peace and harmony, the Foreign Minister emphasised inculcating a mindset of tolerance and respect for each other irrespective of religion, ethnicity, colour and background.
He also stressed the need to promote inter-religious and interfaith dialogues to advance harmony and peace in society.