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BD PM Sheikh Hasina Forbidden To Punish People For The Sake of Punishing Russia

BD PM Sheikh Hasina Forbidden To Punish People For The Sake of Punishing Russia
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that no country should be controlled or punished by imposing sanctions, as has been the case with Western sanctions against Russia, due to which people worldwide suffer. She said, “Commodity prices have gone up due to the sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Russia. Therefore, it should be reviewed if the country that faces sanctions is being truly punished or not.” The article contains BD PM Sheikh Hasina Forbidden To Punish People For The Sake of Punishing Russia.

“When people suffer because of serious disruptions in commodity supply and rising prices, including fuel and fertilizer, this is also a violation of human rights,” Sheikh Hasina stated. She was addressing the inauguration of the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs building as Chief Guest, being virtually connected from her official residence Gono Bhaban on July 7, 2022.

Commodity prices worldwide have skyrocketed since the Russia-Ukraine war and the subsequent sanctions against Russia, as global supply chains are being seriously hampered. As a result, the UN has warned of a worldwide food shortage. Bangladeshi Prime Minister said that the US needs to reconsider the sanctions imposed against Russia, adding that people should not be punished for punishing a particular country.

She also spoke about the Rohingya crisis, saying that this has become a massive burden for Bangladesh to continue supporting more than a million Rohingya. She called for the developed countries and international agencies to come forward and facilitate the Rohingya repatriation at the earliest.

At the Foreign Ministry event, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen conferred the “Bangabandhu Medal for Diplomatic Excellence” to Bangladesh Ambassador to Poland, Sultana Laila Hossain, and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki, on behalf of Prime Minister Hasina. Sultana Laila Hossain made an extraordinary contribution during the Russia-Ukraine war by providing life-saving services to the Bangladeshis who left Ukraine and took shelter in Poland and other European countries.

She was also director-general at the foreign ministry during the Libya crisis in 2011, when about 40,000 Bangladeshis returned home. Ito Naoki joined the event virtually from Osaka. Japanese Embassy Charge De Affairs Hiroyuki Yamaya received the medal on his behalf. Bangladesh-Japan relations have flourished, especially in recent years, with Japan supporting the building of some mega critical projects, including Metro Rail, Araihazar Economic Zone, Payra Port, and the Third Terminal of Dhaka Airport.

At least 326 Japanese companies are now operating in Bangladesh, and the number may double in the next five years, with the Japanese companies having a very positive mindset about investing in Bangladesh, foreign ministry officials said.

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