Dhaka, 16 August:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka today issued a press statement on the current situation of
Afghanistan. The full text of the press statement is given below;
"Bangladesh is carefully observing the fast evolving situation in Afghanistan, which, we
believe, may have an impact on the region and beyond.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan share historical and cultural linkages. It is a fellow member of
SAARC and an integral part of South Asia. Bangladesh recalls the invaluable support extended by the
government and the people of Afghanistan to Bangladesh during our War of Liberation. Bangladesh is
committed to working with Afghanistan for fulfilling the visionary policy of the Hon’ble Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina that the region must grow and prosper together for this development to be
Bangladesh believes that a democratic and pluralistic Afghanistan as chosen by its people is the
only guarantee of stability and development in the country. In this regard, Bangladesh considers itself a
potential development partner and a friend of Afghanistan. We stand ready to share our best practices
with Afghanistan in a range of areas, such as basic education, community healthcare, sanitation, human
resources development, agriculture, climate change adaptation, disaster management and ICT enabled
public service delivery.The successful outreach of Bangladeshi NGOs who have been operating in
Afghanistan for the last twenty years has demonstrated that expertise.
Bangladesh firmly believes that it is upon the people of Afghanistan to rebuild
their country and decide the course of the future themselves.We wish to see Afghanistan as a peaceful,
stable, prosperous, responsible and contributing member of the South Asian region and the global
community. Bangladesh would be happy to continue to work with the people of Afghanistan and the
international community for the socio-economic development of the country.
We urge all stakeholders in Afghanistan to maintain peace and calm ensuring safety and
security of all including foreign nationals."