Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the following message on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People:
“On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Bangladesh reiterates its unswerving support for the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine. We reaffirm our principled position in favor of the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian State within pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem-Al Quds Al-Sharif as its capital under a two-state solution.
In line with the guidance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our constitutional obligation, Bangladesh always supports oppressed peoples throughout the world waging a just struggle against imperialism, colonialism or racialism. The Father of the Nation himself in his maiden speech delivered in the United Nations General Assembly in 1974 as well as in his statements in the 2nd Conference of OIC in 1974 and 4th NAM Summit in 1973, expressed Bangladesh’s unflinching support for the legitimate right and just struggle of the Palestinian People. Bangladesh has remained consistent in this position from the very beginning of its statehood. In fact, our own struggle for independence and the painful experience of the enduring worst form of genocide in 1971 inspired us to stand against injustice and oppression that the people of Palestine had been subjected to for many decades and advocate for an early resolution of this protracted crisis. Guided by a similar spirit, Bangladesh has given shelter to more than one million Rohingyas from Myanmar and has been urging the international community to work with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas and a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis.
That the crisis of the Palestinian people lingers for ages is a stark failure of the international community including the United Nations. Bangladesh strongly opposes the use of force by the occupying forces against the Palestinian civilian population including women, children and the elderly. We call for an immediate cessation of the continued aggression, illegal settlements and demolitions of homes.
On this day, Bangladesh joins the efforts of the international community to support Palestine and its territorial integrity as established through UN Security Council resolutions.
We call for an end to the repeated violation of human rights and international humanitarian principles in Palestine by the occupying Israeli forces. The international community must show urgency for the cause and redouble efforts seeking to find a durable, peaceful, and just solution to the Palestine crisis in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Quartet Road Map.
Joi Bangla, Joi Bangabandhu
May Bangladesh Live Forever.”