Referring to the BNP-Jamaat’s atrocities on the Awami League leaders and workers as well as the minority people, the premier said the Hindus were persecuted massively during the BNP-Jamaat regime.

The German ambassador said Bangladesh is marching ahead fast with peace, security and stability despite facing many challenges.

On the issue of boosting trade and commerce between the EU countries and Bangladesh, he said this can be made in joint venture.

Later, British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake paid a farewell call on the prime minister at the same place.

At the meeting, the premier sought cooperation from the UK for construction of rail line from Padma Bridge to Payra Port saying the UK has huge experience in railway sector.

The British High Commissioner highly appreciated Bangladesh for its tremendous development in women empowerment.

In reply, the prime minister said that initially it was a tough job for her government for empowering the women, but now it is going on smoothly.

Sheikh Hasina and Alison Blake expressed satisfaction over the existing relations between the two countries and hoped that the ties will be strengthened further in the days to come.

The British envoy said that her country will work with Bangladesh on the climate change issue.

The prime minister recalled that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first landed in London in 1972 after his release from Pakistan jail and had a meeting with the then British Prime Minister Edward Heath.

PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan was present at both the meetings.