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PM Hasina asks ministers to closely monitor Middle East situation

  • Asked to prepare for potential impacts
  • “We need to plan in advance,” Mahbub says
Update : 17 Apr 2024, 06:07 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked ministers to keep an eye on how the Iran-Israel situation unfolds and to prepare for any possible impacts on Bangladesh if a war breaks out between the Middle Eastern countries.

On Wednesday, following a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office, Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain disclosed this information at a press conference held at the Secretariat.

"The premier also instructed us to prepare to deal with the effects of a probable war such as a fuel price increase or any other kind of problems, so that necessary initiatives can be taken on time.

“Due to the crisis in the Middle East, the prices of commodities, including fuel oil, may increase. Therefore, we need to plan in advance.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed an amicable end to the Ukraine war, saying international cooperation is vital to the vulnerable in the global community to build resilience against future shocks.

"The prolonging war and the imposed sanctions and counter-sanctions continue to destabilize the world. Each passing day of the war take as well as destroy many lives in the conflict zone, and also in the far-reaching corners of the world," she said in her speech during virtual participation in the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG).

She said: "Sadly, as we today deliberate the ever-growing crisis and its devastating effects on humanity, the conflict in Ukraine goes on."

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