Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the Bangladeshi expatriates living in the UK not to do anything that could damage the country’s image.
‘Once Bangladesh was known as land of beggars and natural disasters . . . we have overcome the situation introducing us as a role model of development,’ she told the UK-based Bangladeshi community leaders at Stroke Park here as they arrived to meet with her on her arrival in London on her way to Sweden.
Sheikh Hasina added: ‘So you should not do anything detrimental to nation’s image.’
The premier said Bangladesh’s rapid development appeared as magic to many foreign leaders while actually the result of ‘our sincerity to serve the people’.
The prime minister said she has undertaken the task of building a ‘sonar Bangla’ as her utmost responsibility as the daughter of Bangabandhu as well as Awami League worker.
‘It’s the responsibility of every Awami League worker at home and abroad to work with dedication for nation’s development, brightening country’s image and materialise the dream of Bangabandhu,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s ‘zero tolerance’ stance against extremism as part of its relentless efforts to make Bangladesh as the most peaceful country in South Asia.
Sheikh Hasina said the overall poverty rate now declined to 22 per cent from 50 per cent in 2006 and last year Bangladesh’s economic growth was 7.2 per cent, which was very extraordinary success of Bangladesh.
‘By 2021 Bangladesh would be a middle income country and by 2041 it would be a developed one, she said.
The prime minister expressed her deep grief and sorrow at the loss of lives in series of landslides triggered by heavy torrential rain in Bangladesh and in a devastating fire in London.
‘(But) we have to proceed amidst grieves and distresses,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the players and all other members of Bangladesh cricket team for being qualified for the semi-final of the Champions Cup Cricket Trophy which is now being held in the UK.
The prime minister thanked the Bangladeshi community in UK for their overwhelming support to secure the victory of three Bangladesh origin Britain daughters in the recently held snap parliamentary election in the UK.
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