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Dhaka expects respect for its foreign policy from all

Bangladesh says it prioritizes the values of sovereignty to decide its own course of action for the betterment of its citizens

Update : 16 Jun 2023, 10:05 AM

A day after Beijing's statement supporting Bangladesh's stance against the US sanctions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday made it clear that it still pursues its own policy, "friendship to all, malice towards none", and expects other countries to respect it.

"Bangladesh expects respect from all concerned to Bangladesh's sovereign rights to pursue its independent domestic as well as foreign policy based on the motto ‘Friendship to all, malice towards none' as envisaged by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The statement was made after the ministry said it took notes of the remarks made by the Chinese spokesperson.

"In this connection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh would like to underscore that Bangladesh, like any self-respecting country, attaches the highest importance to the values of sovereignty and freedom to decide its own course of action - both domestic and foreign - for the betterment of its people, to realize the dream of the Father of the Nation by implementing the visions laid by Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” the ministry noted.

On Wednesday, China said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks against US sanctions were "not just the strong position of the Bangladeshi people, but also the mind of a large part of the international community, especially the developing world."

"We have noted the recent remarks by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Indeed, while turning a blind eye to its own racial discrimination, gun violence and drug proliferation problems, a certain country has long been interfering in the internal affairs of Bangladesh and many other developing countries under the pretext of democracy and human rights," the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said.

He said Bangladesh and China have been traditionally friendly neighbours.

"We firmly support Bangladesh in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, upholding independent domestic and foreign policies, and pursuing a development path that suits its national realities."

He also said that China is ready to work together with Bangladesh and other countries to oppose all forms of hegemony and power politics, uphold the UN-centred international system, the international order underpinned by international law, and the basic norms governing international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Relations between the US and Bangladesh have been somewhat frosty following Washington's sanction on a number of current and former officials of the elite police force RAB and the announcement of a new visa policy related to Bangladesh's upcoming general election.

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