Dhaka wants to counter propaganda with facts
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today urged patriotic Bangladeshis abroad to put in bold efforts to counter conspiracies against the country's interest, noting that there might be more "assaults" on the country and its interests based on propaganda and disinformation.
"It seems to me there might be various types of assaults and conspiracies against us in the next two years," he said urging the activists of Bangabandhu Foundation abroad to take a stronger position against such attempts centring the next national election.
The foreign minister, also the President of the Bangabandhu Foundation, said each Bangladesh Mission abroad that runs with the taxpayers' money is the number one lobbyist to uphold Bangladesh's interests.
He hoped that the people associated with the Bangabandhu Foundation abroad will help the missions with nformation regarding any attempt of conspiracy against the country as in some cases missions may not get access to such information instantly.
Dr Momen was addressing a virtual discussion titled "Lobbying conspiracy that started centring the 12th parliamentary election and steps that Bangabandhu Foundation can take" as the chief guest.
Pointing finger at conspirators, the foreign minister said the country's interest and people's welfare should be the priority if anyone wants to get involved in politics.
Referring to the letter written by Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Ivan Stefanec, to High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Dr Momen said, "When I was reading the letter, I felt that I was reading about another country as the letter's content doesn't go with the situation of the country."
He said there is a possibility that the opposition parties might engage more such people to write against Bangladesh.
The foreign minister said Awami League has continued its efforts to make the election process transparent which needs to be highlighted.
"We're lucky that we've got a transparent, very committed, firm and very strong leadership, and we hope under her leadership we'll build Bangabandhu's Sonar Bangla," he said.
Central AL leader and Bangabandhu Foundation General Secretary Md. Nazrul Islam Thandu, Foundation's Executive President Adv Moshiur Malek, Rashida Hoque Konica and Engineer M Shakil Khan also spoke at the event.