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Stop dancing to the tune of foreigners

Momen tells country’s ‘so-called pundits’

Published : 28 Jun 2022 11:21 PM | Updated : 29 Jun 2022 02:20 PM

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has advised the so-called “pundits” of the country not to dance to the tune of foreigners but instead focus on the country’s interest saying that the newly opened Padma Bridge is a shining example in this regard.

He said it is time to realise the fact that lectures from foreigners are not always good for the country.

“We should have respect for something which ensures people’s welfare. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina knows her country and her people. It is not right to just jump on the words of foreigners,” Momen said on Tuesday. The Padma Bridge is a lesson that the critics need to learn to decisions for national interest and people’s welfare, he added.

The foreign minister joined virtually from London a programme at Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka to celebrate the Padma Bridge’s opening on June 25. 

Mentioning the PM's boldness and determination, Momen said they can proudly say that her decision was correct and the people are immensely grateful to her for the respect she has brought for the nation.

Apparently referring to the World Bank, Momen said one does not always need to believe what the big organizations say just because they do various tricks in their own interest.

He said the foreigners do many things and there are differences in their (foreigners') appearance – outside and inside.

Many of our scholars have scampered over the words of foreigners. Maybe it's time for them to think about it. It is not right to just jump on the words of foreigners.

Prime Minister's Economic Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Bangladesh's Ambassador to Germany Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and Professor of Economics of Dhaka University Dr. Selim Raihan also spoke.

Momen sought an apology from those who stigmatised several Bangladeshi officials with false allegations (of corruption) on the Padma Bridge issue. The officials should be compensated for the pain they had suffered, he said.

The speakers highlighted the importance of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.

They termed the Bridge as the symbol of pride and self-confidence, the dream of which came true with the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took the bold decision of building the bridge with our own resources.

The speakers also mentioned the foreign dignitaries and media who made positive remarks on the successful completion of the Padma Bridge.

The program was physically attended by the officers and staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while all the Bangladesh Missions abroad attended the programme virtually.

Rector of Foreign Service Academy Ambassador Asad Alam Siam delivered the opening remarks.

The theme song on Padma Bridge was played at the beginning. The programme ended with a music and dance performance based on patriotic songs by the Srishti Cultural Centre.

Bangladesh witnessed a historic moment on Saturday with the inauguration of Padma Bridge demonstrating to the world what this country can do on its own, proving the skeptics wrong amid the World Bank’s scrapping of committed loans.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took up the challenge to go ahead with self-financing the bridge of national pride, formally opened the bridge, a milestone on the connectivity front, nationally and regionally.