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PM Hasina tells Australian envoy: Bangladesh has been under democratic process since 2008

  • Outgoing Australian high commissioner called on PM
  • The envoy conveys best wishes to PM for the upcoming polls
Update : 24 Dec 2023, 04:50 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said a democratic process has been continuing in Bangladesh since 2008 but the country was under military rule for long.

She said this while outgoing Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Buer called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the reporters after the call on.

Sheikh Hasina said that Covid-19 pandemic was a big challenge her government had overcome efficiently.

She also said that for the management of climate change related disaster Bangladesh has taken its own initiative.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that her government has strengthened social safety net programs in the country.

The envoy conveyed best wishes to the prime minister for the upcoming parliamentary election.

He appreciated Bangladesh’s success in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. He underlined people to people cooperation between the two countries.

The Australian envoy expressed satisfaction over the trade relation between the two countries. He also put emphasis on further cooperation in energy and climate change sectors.

He mentioned that Bangladeshi community in Australia is doing well.He said that both countries could establish cooperation in defence sector.

Talking about Rohingya issue the envoy reiterated his country's support to Bangladesh for the dignified return of more than one million forcibly displaced people to their homeland.

He mentioned that his country will provide some 235 million dollars for them. He expressed the hope that the democratic process will continue in Bangladesh.

He offered his country's cooperation with Bangladesh Cricket Board in the game's infrastructural development and training facilities.

PM's Ambassador-at-Large M Ziauddin and Principal Secretary to the prime minister M Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present during the meeting.

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