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POST TIME: 12 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Dhaka seeks joint efforts for peaceful world
FM urges all to help create a mindset of respect, tolerance
UNB, Dhaka

Dhaka seeks joint efforts for peaceful world

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday urged all to join together for a sustainable world of "peace and stability", saying venom of hatred and ignorance results in violence and wars. "Without peace and stability, no country or region can prosper, achieve their goals. Of late, varieties of media, including social media, at times promote venom of hatred and intolerance," he said.   In order to have a sustainable world of peace and stability, Dr Momen said, it is important that they all help create a mindset of respect for each other, of tolerance irrespective of ethnicity, colour or religion.

To inculcate such a mindset, he urged everyone - parents, guardians, teachers, opinion builders, think tanks, community leaders, leaders of Mandirs, mosques, synagogues, churches and the governments to join hands and work together. The Foreign Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the three-day 'Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019' in the capital.         

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Dialogue at Hotel InterContinental jointly hosted by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

ORF President Samir Saran and BIISS Director General AKM Abdur Rahman also spoke. Dr Momen said they are truly living in the Asian century and the countries in the South Asia – India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and many others in the South East and East Asia are growing at a much faster rate than other countries.

However, he said, it is not only the rate of growth, but the sustainability and just distribution of benefit of that growth that makes these fast growing economies so important. "I personally see a vast area of possible future cooperation among us. It is undeniable fact that intra-regional trade and physical connectivity are still insignificant compared to their true potential," Dr Momen said.