Dhaka smells more of ‘aggression’, wants to counter overseas propaganda with facts

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January 29, 2022, 7:40 PM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr AK Abdul Momen Photo: Collected

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr AK Abdul Momen Photo: Collected

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday urged patriotic citizens abroad to redouble their efforts to counter plots against the country’s interests, noting that there could be more ‘aggression’ against the country and its interests on the basis of propaganda and disinformation.

“It seems to me that there could be various types of aggressions and plots against us in the next two years,” he said, urging Bangabandhu Foundation activists abroad to take a stand. firmer against such attempts centered on the upcoming national elections.

The foreign minister, who is also the chairman of the Bangabandhu Foundation, said that every mission of Bangladesh abroad that operates with the country’s taxpayers’ money is the country’s number one lobbyist for defending the interests of Bangladesh.

He hopes those associated with the Bangabandhu Foundation overseas will assist overseas missions with information regarding any attempted conspiracies against the country, as in some cases missions may not have access to such information instantly.

Dr. Momen was addressing a virtual discussion titled “Lobbying Conspiracy that Began to Center the 12th Parliamentary Election and Actions the Bangabandhu Foundation can take” as the keynote guest.

Pointing the finger at the conspirators, the foreign minister said the interest of the country and the welfare of the people should be the priority if anyone wants to get involved in politics.

Referring to the letter written by MEP Ivan Stefanec to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Dr Momen said: “When I was reading the letter, I had the impression of reading from another country because the content of the letter does not correspond to the situation of the country.”

He said it was possible that opposition parties would hire more such people to write against Bangladesh.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the Awami League has continued its efforts to make the electoral process transparent, which must be highlighted.

“We are lucky to have a transparent, very committed, firm and very strong leadership, and we hope that under their leadership, we will build Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla,” he said.

Md. Nazrul Islam Thandu, Head of Central AL and Secretary General of Bangabandhu Foundation, Adv Moshiur Malek, Executive Chairman of the Foundation, Rashida Hoque Konica and Engineer M Shakil Khan also spoke at the event.

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