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Bangladesh attaches importance to global peace: President

DHAKA, Dec 7, 2017 (BSS) - President M Abdul Hamid yesterday said Bangladesh always attaches importance to the bilateral relations with friendly countries and the global peace and harmony.

"Our foreign policy is independent and its goal is to attain global peace and harmony," the President said as participants of the National Defense Course (NDC) and Armed Force War Course (AFWC) 2017 called on him at Bangabhaban here yesterday afternoon.

Referring to country's foreign policy motto "Friendship to all, malice to none", adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said the law enforcement agencies and armed forces successfully projected the principle of mutual respect and cooperation through their engagement in different peacekeeping missions.

"I heartily thank our peacekeepers for their laudable contributions in upholding world peace and tranquility as well as taking our country to a great height," the President added.

Noting that the present world is getting more interdependent and complex with the pace of rapid innovation, change and progress, Abdul Hamid asked the courses' participants to serve their respective countries through promoting values and social justice.

He hoped that they would make a huge difference and set examples for others after receiving quality education and training from the National Defense College, a prestigious organization of the country.

The President also hoped that these courses would help them a lot to attain professionalism and perform responsibility with more efficiently.

President Hamid expected the participants to be goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh after returning to their respective countries and positions.

A total of 27 members of both military and civil officials from 13 friendly countries took part in the courses on strategic leadership, national security, national policymaking and development.

At the outset of the speech, President Hamid paid deep respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his outstanding contributions to crafting a sovereign country and also valiant sons of the soil, who embraced martyrdom for the sake of country's independence.

NDC Commandant Lieutenant General Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy, distinguished faculties, secretary concerned to the President, staff officers, course members of NDC and AFWC 2017, and senior civil and military officials were present.