February 29, 2024

Diplomatic Correspondent: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Bangladesh Essa bin Yousef Al Duhailan on Tuesday appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in taking Bangladesh forward with some mega achievements.

“I consider it a privilege to see Bangladesh flourish under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by fulfilling her promises to accomplish the people’s dream and taking the country towards sustainable development,” he said.

The construction of the Padma Bridge and the Shitalakhya bridge are the mega achievements of the government, which connects Chittagong and the southwestern districts with Narayanganj, said the Saudi envoy.

He was speaking at an event at the Saudi embassy on Tuesday to hand over food baskets for the people of Bangladesh and the Rohingyas from the custodian of the two holy Mosques — King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The ambassador said he was present at the inaugural ceremony of the Shitalakhya bridge on Monday.

“I am proud to be part of Bangladesh’s achievement,” he said.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre is distributing 57,250 baskets, 23kg each, through Allamah Fazlullah Foundation.

The Saudi ambassador said Saudi Arabia’s government and people have always stood behind Bangladesh by providing unconditional assistance.

“And today’s program provides an opportunity to recommit ourselves to working to strengthen the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s long-standing and dynamic partnership with Bangladesh,” he said.

Since the founding in 2015, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has been providing assistance and humanitarian aid under the sponsorship of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

KSrelief aims to provide humanitarian aid and relief to those in need through international, regional, and local partners, which have delivered aid to more than 86 nations.

In Bangladesh, until September this year, total completed and ongoing projects of  KSrelief stands at 41 at a cost of around $19 million, said the Saudi Ambassador.

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