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- PM performs Umrah
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BD completes 2016 with its vibrant presence in global forums
Bangladesh remained vibrant through its strong presence in global forums round the year 2016 clearly becoming a player on the global stage addressing the growing domestic challenges.
The country witnessed a growing interest shown by the global powers –- China, India, Japan, Russia, the United States and other countries in Bangladesh to have deeper engagements.
The historic visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, US Secretary of State John F Kerry’s maiden visit on August 29 and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit apart from dozens of high-level incoming visits clearly show the growing importance of Bangladesh among global players.
The government could successfully make a balance in maintaining relations with two major powerhouses -- India and China.
Dozens of agreements of cooperation were signed between Bangladesh and China during Chinese President’s Dhaka visit with a pledge of over US$ 24 billion investment in Bangladesh in the coming years.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s scheduled bilateral visit to New Delhi was deferred last minute which is expected to take place in the first quarter of the New Year 2017.
Though the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan, described as an ‘unforgivable act of terror’ by global leaders, shocked the entire world, the government got the international community beside in addressing the new challenge.
At the end of 2016, Rohingya issue re-emerged as big challenge before the government as the country witnessed new arrivals of around 50,000 Rohingya populations who fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since October 9.