Bangladesh has only been possible as the democratic trend has been continuing for 13 consecutive years.

“You (people) have been seeing a changed Bangladesh for the last 13 years which has only been possible because of the continuation of democratic process in the country, and the Awami League was in power during the period,” she said.

The premier made the remarks while addressing a civic reception accorded to her by expatriate Bangladeshis on Friday during her official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

She joined the event virtually from her place of residence in Abu Dhabi, while the Bangladeshi community was connected from three venues — the Bangladesh Consulate in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Theatre and Bangladesh English Private School and College in Ras Al Khaimah.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is marching forward and no one will be able to take it backward anymore, Sheikh Hasina said: “There was a black chapter in the country after 1975… But the dark cloud has gone. We are taking Bangladesh forward following the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”

Noting that earlier a problem was created during the Covid-19 period, she said now there is another fresh problem arising due to a war situation between Ukraine and Russia.

The prime minister asked Bangladeshi expatriates to tell their families and relatives not to leave any piece of land uncultivated to have food autarky even in case of any global food crisis.

She added: “If we do that, we will not face any difficulty, no matter how economic recession and food deficit there is across the world.”

Highlighting the development of the country, Sheikh Hasina said there is no scope for anyone to stay unemployed in the country unless one wishes to remain so. “If anyone takes a little initiative, the person would not remain unemployed,” she added.

About her visit to the UAE, the head of the government said she had talks with UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and some MoUs were signed between the two countries. “I think my visit has been very fruitful,” she said.

She urged the overseas job seekers never to go abroad through illegal channels, and take loans from Probashi Kallyan Bank to go abroad, not selling home and land.

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