Dhaka for stronger cooperation among NAM member states



Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has reaffirmed Bangladesh’s unswerving commitment to NAM values and stressed the need to foster cooperation among the NAM member states to confront the challenges of the contemporary world, including the ongoing pandemic COVID-19, reports UNB.
He also sought support of the NAM countries to repatriate the 1.1 million persecuted and forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh.

Dr Momen mentioned this in his recorded statement delivered at the Ministerial Meeting of the NAM Coordinating Bureau on Friday.

Dr Momen said that on the 65th anniversary of the Bandung Principles, NAM membership must reflect on the  Movement’s achievements so far, and endeavor to make NAM more relevant and effective to face the current and emerging global challenges, especially the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Momen said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman recognized the importance of the Non-Aligned Movement and led Bangladesh to join the Movement as early as 1973.

Since then, he said, Bangladesh remains an ardent supporter of NAM. He mentioned that since inception, NAM represented the basic aspirations of the common people of the world – to remain free from hunger and disease, to get decent employment and to achieve quality education.

However, the Foreign Minister said, Covid-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges to these aspirations.

During this trying time, NAM countries must work in full solidarity and pool their best practices, experiences, crises-management protocols, research, and resources to fight the invisible enemy, he said.

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