ANKARA (AA) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh will continue to fight for the rights of Palestinians.
“It is worrying that the rights of the Palestinians are not fulfilled,” said Hasina, referring to the 75th commemoration of the Nakba, when Israel declared its independence in occupied Palestinian lands in 1948 and forced Palestinians to migrate.
Her remarks came in an address to the 78th UN General Assembly where she said Bangladesh is willing to ensure global peace and security by participating in UN peacekeeping operations. She noted that 188,000 Bangladeshis, including women, served in 55 operations in 40 countries.
Bangladesh has a “zero tolerance policy against terrorism and violent extremism,” said Hasina. “Behaviors that disrupt social harmony and the peaceful co-existence of people of different beliefs are serious crimes.”
The Rakhine people ‘want to return to their country’
Hasina mentioned the plight of Rohingya refugees and said it had been six years since they had to leave their homes.
“The displaced Arakanese want to return to their country and live there in peace,” she said.
Pointing to the seriousness of the climate crisis, Hasina said Bangladesh is “one of the most vulnerable countries” in terms of climate in the world.