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Quader: Impacts of Russia-Ukraine war also affects Bangladesh

The minister could not say whether the ongoing fuel crisis will escalate in the coming days

Update : 26 Jul 2022, 12:47 AM

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said that the gas and oil crises created by the Russia-Ukraine war is also hurting Bangladesh.

Quader said this after attending the cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Monday.

Replying to a question, Quader said that the ongoing fuel crisis caused by the Russia-Ukraine war has turned into a global crisis.

“We don’t live on an isolated island. Any crisis that hits the global stage also impacts Bangladesh. I can’t say for sure whether the ongoing fuel crisis will escalate or not in the coming days,” said Quader.

Quader added that people should be prepared in advance for any untoward situation.

“We have enough food. Our problem is with fuel, about which we’ve taken some steps. The prime minister has stated that we need to maintain austerity in every way. I think we’ll be able to manage the situation,” added Quader.

Quader, also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL), said that no decision has been taken yet about a possible dialogue between the AL and the Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) regarding the next general elections.

“We hope that the BNP will join the next elections,” Quader said.

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