Bangladesh has called upon the international community to continue its support to Afghanistan to achieve sustainable peace and development.
Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, the permanent representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the United Nations (UN), made the call while addressing the ongoing 71st session of the UN General Assembly on the situation at Afghanistan in the UN headquarters in New York on Friday.
"Bangladesh shares the concerns over sustained threats posed by terrorists and violent extremists in Afghanistan," he said.
According to a message received here today, Momen reiterated the crucial importance of combating transnational organized crimes, particularly trafficking in illicit drugs, through enhancing regional cooperation in surveillance, intelligence, investigation and prosecution.
The Bangladesh ambassador stated that: "Under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh continues to attach the highest priority to further widening and deepening relations with our neighbors in the South Asian region."
He stressed that Afghanistan's strategic potential to serve as a regional connectivity hub should be leveraged with the support of all regional countries.
"This can help revive the historic linkages across borders and unlock further development opportunities for the two billion people of South Asia," he observed.
Mentioning Bangladesh as a "role model of development" the PR also said that Bangladesh stands ready to assist Afghanistan in various fields.
"The areas could be women's empowerment, non-formal education, community healthcare, water and sanitation, human resource development, judicial system reforms, banking and financial sector reform, disaster management, agriculture extension, youth development and social and humanitarian programmes," he said.
Later, the current session of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on "The Situation in Afghanistan" by consensus, the message added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)