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Commonwealth secy gen congratulates Sheikh Hasina

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her re-election as Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

“The Secretariat stands ready to support you as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in continuing your important work on these values (transparency and accountability, and friendship to all, malice towards none,” she said in a congratulatory letter sent to the Prime Minister, reports UNB.

In the letter, Patricia said that she was encouraged by the vision that Sheikh Hasina outlined after assuming office, which emphasised the principles of transparency and accountability and she also recalled the exhortation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, of ‘friendship to all, malice towards none’.

“These values are mirrored in our Commonwealth Charter, which call for tolerance, respect and understanding and delivering the many facets of sustainable development,” she said.

The Commonwealth Secretary General mentioned that she was pleased to have deployed a Commonwealth Expert Team of independent observers for the recent elections, led by the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding.

“I look forward to receiving the Team’s report with its findings and recommendations, and to an opportunity to discuss these with you,” she added.

Patricia said that Bangladesh is a treasured member of the Commonwealth family.

“Our diverse nations are bound by the shared values that are reflected in our Charter, including those of peace, democracy, and sustainable development,” she said.

In this connection, she mentioned that Bangladesh’s active engagement and leadership in the Commonwealth is greatly appreciated by its members, including on issues of oceans stewardship and climate change, digital innovation, trade and investment, youth, gender equality, and mental health.

“We look forward to continuing and building on this collaboration, to support Bangladesh

in achieving its full range of priorities during your fifth term in office.”

She also said that she is conscious of the historical journey of Bangladesh for freedom, democracy and development.

“I also look forward to welcoming you back to Marlborough House in London, and looking ahead, to meeting you at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government.

Meeting (CHOGM), which will take place in Samoa in the week of 21 October 2024.”