Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen has assured the high-ups of at least 90 missions in New Delhi that the Election Commission in Bangladesh is committed to holding a free and fair election with participation of the voters in a festive atmosphere.
With the assurances of Bangladesh Government’s cooperation and assistance in facilitating the process, Masud Bin Momen also urged the Ambassadors to request their respective government to consider opening diplomatic Missions in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary briefed the Heads of the Missions based in New Delhi on Friday, 24 November evening, who are concurrently accredited to Bangladesh. A large number of Ambassadors and diplomats attended the briefing session.
Foreign Secretary is visiting New Delhi in connection with the Foreign Office Consultations between Bangladesh and India, which was held in the Hyderabad House in the afternoon of 24 November. In the evening he briefed the Concurrently accredited Ambassadors to Bangladesh in a program organized by the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi at the Bangabandhu Hall.
Foreign Secretary Masud highlighted the Foreign Policy priorities and dynamics of Bangladesh under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also briefed the Ambassadors about Bangladesh’s position on various geopolitical contemporary issues. During the briefing, he highlighted the recent socio-economic developments of Bangladesh for last 15 years under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Foreign Secretary further briefed them about the recent political scenario and preparations of next general elections in Bangladesh. Mentioning that election is a festival in Bangladesh as we see it in many democratic countries, he told the Ambassadors that People of Bangladesh have been eagerly waiting to rejoice this festival and take part in the democratic process to vote and elect the representatives of their choice. The Election Commission is committed to holding a free and fair election with participation of the voters in a festive atmosphere.
Ambassador Masud solicited their support to resolve the Rohingya crisis through ensuring their safe and sustainable repatriation for peace and stability of the region and beyond. During the briefing session, the Ambassadors were requested for the support of their respective government for Bangladesh’s candidature for the membership of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council under category ‘C’ for the term 2024-2025, elections to be held in London on 01 December this year.
Given Bangladesh’s recent socio-economic developments, continued stability and growing importance in the regional and global platforms and engagement with the issues of global concern, Foreign Secretary Masud urged the Ambassadors to request their respective government to consider opening diplomatic Missions in Dhaka. He assured them of Bangladesh Government’s cooperation and assistance in facilitating the process.
Foreign Secretary responded to various questions/queries raised by the Concurrently accredited Ambassadors.
Foreign Secretary return to Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.