Stop anti-state propaganda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Bangladeshi diplomats abroad to work to stop anti-Bangladesh propaganda so that the international community is not misled.

“I would like to tell the foreign ministry that you should inform our envoys about propaganda. So that confusion can’t be created. We should be more active, particularly in the places of international organisations,” she said.

The PM issued the directive while addressing the Conference of Bangladesh Envoys in Europe held at her place of residence in Rome.

Some 15 Bangladeshi envoys stationed in European countries participated in the event.

She said after committing crimes in Bangladesh and taking shelter in a foreign land, some people are spreading propaganda against the country.

Hasina said there are some people who could never take the country to a dignified position.

She said they are spreading misinformation against the country while staying abroad. “Everyone should be vigilant against them.”

Mentioning that the foreigners often get confused by misinformation, the PM said there are one or two countries that are busy with how to remove the Awami League before every election.

“In addition, we have to hear about human rights from those who shelter the murderers as well as the people involved in arson attacks, terrorism, militancy,” she added.

Regarding the sanctions against Rab, the PM said, “Unfortunately, sanctions are imposed on those who worked in curbing terrorism and militancy. Due to this, they lose their confidence.”

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and PM’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman were present at the conference.

In another development, Hasina offered Nepal the use of its newly constructed Payra Port during a meeting with her Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

The two premiers met at the newly opened Bangladesh-Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Room in the FAO Headquarters in Rome.

The leaders are there to attend the UN Food Systems Summit.

“Bangladesh has already opened the Chalna and Chittagong ports for Nepal. Nepal can use the newly constructed Payra Port as well,” Foreign Minister Momen quoted Hasina as saying. 

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