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UN takes in Bangabandhu’s foreign policy quote

Published : 07 Dec 2022 09:59 PM | Updated : 08 Dec 2022 03:27 PM

The historical quote - friendship to all, malice towards none - of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been incorporated in a UN resolution.

This quote is also the foreign policy dictum of Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh’s UN mission in New York said the quote was inserted in the 14th paragraph of the UNGA resolution entitled "International Year of Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace, 2023".

In the global context of the post-Covid world order and the Russia-Ukraine war, this resolution was introduced by Turkmenistan at the UNGA plenary. It was adopted unanimously on Tuesday, the Bangladesh mission in New York said.

 The historical quote of Bangabandhu, one of the advocates of world humanity and peace, was included in the UN resolution for the first time.

 “Recognizing the importance of combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, and unemployment, and emphasising that friendship to all and malice towards none, in the spirit of constructive cooperation, dialogue, and mutual understanding, will help to achieve these objectives.” This is how the famous quote was inserted in the 14th paragraph of the resolution.

  This text was developed based on his maiden speech at the UNGA on 25th September 1974, where Bangabandhu emphasised the need for establishing World Peace.

 The Bangladesh mission under Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith worked “intensively” in the preparation of the resolution.

 Deputy Permanent Representative Dr. Monwar Hossain actively participated in the negotiation and was able to insert the historic quote of the Father of the Nation in this resolution, aimed at advancing world peace, said the press release.

 The resolution was cosponsored by 70 countries, including Bangladesh and other South Asian Nations.

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