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Hasina reaches out to Suu Kyi

Update : 11 Nov 2015, 07:47 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached out to Myanmar leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi as the two leaders talked over phone last evening, confirmed Bangladesh Ambassador to Mynmar Mohammad Sufiur Rahman.

The ambassador on Tuesday also handed over a congratulatory message from the PM to National League for Democracy (NLD) deputy chief U Tin Oo for the success in the election. Bangladesh is the first country to congratulate the party.

 “I went to the office of the NLD and handed over a felicitation letter from the prime minister [Sheikh Hasina],” Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar Mohammad Sufiur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.

“We are engaged with Myanmar and hope to make it more dynamic in the future,” he said.

Bangladesh and Myanmar have multifarious relationship starting from energy, trade to agriculture and substantial progress has been made in those areas, he said.

The prime minister in her message to Suu Kyi congratulated her on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, he said.

The prime minister’s message said: "This victory, in the face of formidable challenges, is a testimony to the love, respect and trust of Burmese people for you as well as the hard work and sacrifices made by your motivated workers and leaders to translate that goodwill into votes."

She said: "I believe the people of Myanmar have pronounced loudly their preference for a real change that they have been eagerly waiting for a long time.

"The verdict appears to be for a comprehensive transition towards a genuine democracy and for a robust journey towards a truly pluralist union, reflective of the needs and aspirations of all ethnicities and minorities."

The message also said: “We need to avail this opportunity to build on our historic ties and develop a deep mutual respect for each other’s people and cultures as we strive to make our bilateral relations multi-layered and inter-dependent.”

Hasina said: “As Myanmar emerges as a democracy upholding universal values, I would like to reassure you that Bangladesh would be a willing partner of Myanmar in creating the right atmosphere for peace, stability and progress in South Asia and South East Asia.”

In the first election under civilian government, introduced in 2011, Suu Kyi’s opposition NLD has won over 80 percent of the seats declared so far in the lower house and is well ahead in the upper house and regional assemblies. 

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