Padma Bridge: FM says WB must be apologetic

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said the World Bank (WB) must be "apologetic" and feel "sorry" considering that they did Bangladesh a "big injustice" by cancelling the funding for the Padma Bridge which is set to be inaugurated on June 25.

"There is no guarantee that big institutions (like WB) always do good things," he said while talking to television journalists at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday.

Minister Momen said the global lending agency should pay compensation to those who faced harassment and seek an apology from them, acknowledging the big injustice they had committed.

The Bangladesh government invited WB President David Malpass to attend the inaugural ceremony of the much-awaited Padma Bridge.

The Bangladesh Bridge Authority e-mailed the invitation to the chief of the multilateral lending agency Wednesday.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government's move to self-finance the Padma Bridge brightened Bangladesh's image globally. "Such a bold decision has also boosted the self-confidence and mental strength of the nation."

Source: United News of Bangladesh