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BD voice turns louder at global stage: FM

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Staff Reporter
Voicing satisfaction at the outcome of Bangladesh’s participation in the 10th ASEM Summit, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Sunday said Bangladesh’s voice has become ‘louder’ as the Prime Minister upheld an image of modern Bangladesh at the global stage.
“The Prime Minister has upheld an image of modern Bangladesh through participating in the ASEM summit held with a good number of heads of state and government,” he told a press conference at the Foreign Ministry.
Forty-four heads of state and government took part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit held in Italian city Milan on October 16-17, the Foreign Minister said.
Besides, Mahmood said, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso also took part in the event. “The importance of the summit was immense considering the number of heads of state and government those participated in it.”
Acting Foreign Secretary Mustafa Kamal, Director General (Americas and Europe) Muhammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Director General (South Asia wing) Tareq M Ariful Islam and DG (External Publicity Wing) Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman were, among others, present at the media briefing on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation in the 10th ASEM Summit.
Mahmood Ali said Bangladesh made its position clear on issues relating to terrorism, climate change, migration, connectivity and MDGs and post-2015 development goals.
The Prime Minister directly talked about the gap between the assurances given by various global forums and the reality on climate change issues and drew attention of the global community about their reluctance in taking responsibility to deal with climate change issues, said the Foreign Minister.
Referring to PM’s speech, he said Bangladesh, being a developing country, will never turn desperate in the name of development. “She urged the developed nations to make a similar commitment.”
Mahmood also said the Prime Minister expressed her strong resolve and delivered a powerful statement against terrorism terming it an enemy to development.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Saturday night from the Italian city of Milan wrapping up her four-day official visit.