Playing crucial role in region

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 March, 1995, 12:00am

Message from Mostafizur Rahman, MP Foreign Minister.

ASSALAMU Alaikum. On the auspicious and solemn occasion of the 24th anniversary of our National and Independence Day, I extend my heartiest felicitations to all countrymen both at home and abroad.

I also pay my homage to the valiant freedom fighters and martyrs, but for whose sacrifices our independence would not have been possible.

The main spirit of our struggle for independence was to establish a free, democratic and prosperous Bangladesh. We are continuing our efforts towards strengthening democratic traditions and institutions.

Our democratic government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, has been implementing a policy of economic emancipation of the masses.

The country is now at the threshold of self-sufficiency in food grain production.

Large-scale economic reforms and restructuring have started manifesting their benefits in increased export earnings, increased foreign exchange reserves and increasing foreign investment in Bangladesh.

The stock exchange has already picked up pace and is drawing foreign capital. The private sector has become buoyant.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our missions abroad have made significant contributions to our achievements over the years.

Foreign policy is characterised by the philosophy of friendship for all and malice towards none.

We have consistently tried to strengthen good neighbourly relations with all in our area and to amicably resolve all existing differences.

At the same time we have continued to play an important role in promoting friendship and co-operation in the region and the world.

As the current chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation, Bangladesh is attaching the highest importance to poverty alleviation programmes as well as to early implementation of the South Asian Preferential Trading Agreement.

Full commitment and respect for the United Nations charter, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth remain a consistent element of our foreign policy.

On the occasion of our Independence and National Day, as we re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of democracy, freedom and development, I call on our countrymen living abroad to strengthen their efforts in building the image of our country in the societies they live in and to play their proper role in further rejuvenating the economy of the country.

I wish all of you success, prosperity and happiness. Bangladesh Zindabad.