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BD wants de-escalation of Iran-Israel tensions, end to killings in Gaza: FM

Published : Tuesday, 16 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 128

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said on Monday that Bangladesh is in favour of peace, not for war, Bangladesh wants to see killings in Gaza are stopped.

"We hope that all the countries that are supposed to play a role will immediately take effective measures to resolve the Iran-Israel tension and stop the indiscriminate killings of people in Gaza. We are never for war, we are for peace," he said.

FM Hasan said because Israel attacked the Iranian embassy in Syria, Iran got the opportunity to attack. "Otherwise it would not have happened. Iran has etaliated - that is what Iran says."

Responding to a question on the rescue of the hijacked Bangladeshi ship MV Abdullah, the Foreign Minister said, "It was the outcome of the joint effort of government and all parties concerned, the hostage sailors and the ship were safely rescued in the fastest possible time due to these all-out efforts."

MV Abdullah and its 23 crew members were safely released after 33 days of captivity on Saturday night following negotiations with the pirates, using the experience of the 2010 hostage situation involving their ship "Jahan Moni", according to the KSRM Group.

"The ship has proceeded 100 nautical miles towards the UAE, accompanied by a European Union ship."

"Thanks to everyone as well as the KSRM Group, they were also very active," he added.

Regarding the entry of nine more Myanmar Border Guard Police members at the southern border, Foreign Minister Hasan said work is underway to send all of them back, including the 180 other Myanmar nationals who previously fled their country to seek refuge in Bangladesh during ongoing clashes between Myanmar junta and rebel forces.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Hasan Mahmud held a meeting with the visiting Antigua and Barbuda Foreign Minister EP Chet Greene at the state guest house Padma.

Regarding the meeting, he said that various aspects of bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation were discussed.

"Their tourism sector is highly developed. We have talked about the possibility of technology and training cooperation in this sector through a echnical cooperation with the Department of Tourism," Hasan said.

Import of pharmaceutical products, ready-made garments, ceramics, and leather products from Bangladesh to their country was also discussed at the meeting, the minister added.

They discussed issues of mutual interest and ways to strengthen ties in the coming days.

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