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Bangladesh reaffirms stance against Israeli plan for control over Gaza

Bangladesh reaffirms stance against Israeli plan for control over Gaza

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated Bangladesh’s firm stance against any Israeli plan for control over any part of Gaza, no expulsion of the Gazans from their own territory and no rejection of Palestinian rights to a separate and independent state alongside Israel. In a letter sent to Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, she mourned the loss of innocent lives during the “unabated Israel's genocide” in Gaza and West Bank since October 8, 2023. Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call for a long-term ceasefire and urged all concerned to exercise restraint to protect civilian's lives and infrastructure. "I am aware of the Israeli Prime Minister's ‘Day After’ post-war plan for Gaza and endorse your (Abbas’) grave concerns over it. The plan is contempt to the rights of the Palestinian people and violation of international law and accords," the prime minister wrote. She said it is disappointing to see that the plan fails to provide any tangible pathway to this protracted conflict and instead aims at suppressing the legitimate national aspirations of the Palestinians while perpetuating Israeli control over the land. "We reiterate our firm position that we are dead against any Israeli plan for reoccupation of any part of Gaza, no expulsion of the Gazans from their own territory, no reduction of the Gaza territory, no restriction on UNRWA's ability to implement its mandate, and no rejection of Palestinian rights to a separate and independent state alongside Israel," said Sheikh Hasina. She said that military means is not a solution to this conflict. “It is time to implement a credible process to resolve the ongoing crisis, which could only be achieved through a two-state solution with Palestinians and Israelites living side by side." The prime minister said, "As a nation which has suffered occupation, and genocide, we truly feel the plight of the occupied and persecuted Palestinians. Thus, we extend our full solidarity with people of Palestine on international platforms, condemning the Israeli occupation and advocating for a just resolution based on international law." "As Muslim brothers, we would continue to remain committed and steadfast in our support to your legitimate aspiration for independent statehood along with 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. In this context, we reiterate our pledge to support your endeavors in obtaining full membership of Palestine in the United Nations through our advocacy in all international forums and beyond. "Upholding justice, peace and harmony is a core teaching of Islam and all great religions. It is what we consider an antidote to all conflicts and sufferings."
Published on: 2024-04-03 18:44:57.67754 +0200 CEST