22nd December 2018
Dhaka, Dec 22 (UNB) – Reaffirming Bangladesh’s commitment to an independent Palestine state, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh will continue to support the cause of Palestine and always stand by its people.
She made the remarks when Grand Mufti of Al Aqsa Mosque and State of Palestine Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed Hossain met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Underlining the need for unity among the Muslim Ummah, the Prime Minister said if any conflict arises among them, this can be resolved through discussions.
She also recalled her meeting with late leader of Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat during a summit in Tunisia.
Mentioning that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur laid the foundation of the relations between the two brotherly countries, Hasina said, “We continue our support to Palestine following his footsteps.”
She mentioned Bangabandhu’s deep attachment with Yasser Arafat and his firm solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and their legitimate aspirations for an independent Palestine.
The Grand Mufti expressed satisfaction over the existing relations between Palestine and Bangladesh and described Bangladesh as their second home.
He also termed Bangabandhu as a ‘great man’.
Highly appreciating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed expressed the belief that she will complete the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu.
He said every Palestine feels that Bangladesh strongly supports Palestine. “Not only our President, but also all the people of Palestine invite you to visit Palestine,” he said addressing the Prime Minister.
The Grand Mufti invited Sheikh Hasina to attend a conference with the theme – “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine”.
He also conducted a munajat seeking continued success of the Prime Minister and the people of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed presented a scarf inscribed with the word, ‘Palestine’, to Sheikh Hasina.
PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and Palestinian Ambassador to Bangladesh Yousef SY Ramadan were present on the occasion.