Ansar Ahmed Ullah : Rt Hon Mark Field MP, the UK State Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Bangladesh was humanitarian. He was speaking at the Independence Day celebrations of the UK Awami League at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 27 March. The Minister, Mark Field, praised Bangladesh for standing by the Rohingyas in humanitarian crisis, saying the leadership of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the country to a respected position in the world. He also praised the people of a populated country like Bangladesh & Cox’s Bazar and the government for providing support to the thousands of Rohingya refugees despite their own limitations confirming that Bangladesh was a humanitarian state.
Mark Field was accompanied by Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, UK Awami League President Sultan Shariff and General Secretary Syed Faruk. He also commented that Bangladesh has gone a long way in the last 47 years since its inception. The state, which was born under the visionary leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is now well-respected in the world.
In his speech, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said, “The mutual relationship between Britain and Bangladesh is historic.” He said that 48 years ago, the strong support of the British people and British MPs in our Liberation War of Bangladesh is part of our history. Recalling that Bangladesh is facing difficult times in dealing with the Rohingya the State Minister for Foreign Affairs said that the worst humanitarian disaster in memory is not a problem for Bangladesh only but an international problem. There is no alternative but to repatriate Rohingyas to their land Shahriar Alam remarked. The continued pressure of international community to force Myanmar government in this regard is very urgent. He sought the support of the British government and the MPs in this regard.
In addition to the Ministers another 60 British MPs spoke on the occasion. Most MPs greeted in Bengali at the beginning of their speech and concluded by saying Joi Bangla. British MPs also praised the positive role of Bangladesh in various national and international forums.
In addition, they also praised the Bangladeshi community in Britain. They said, the position of the Bangladeshi community in the multicultural British Society is very rich. The presence of British-Bengalis at different sectors of Britain, especially in politics, business and education is very visible.