Bangabandhu built ground for balanced foreign policy

Bangladesh visibly pursues a distinct strategy for striking balances among global and regional powers under a guiding principle set by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his foresight as a statesman, said policymakers and analysts.

They said Bangabandhu adopted the “non-alignment” policy for newborn Bangladesh in early 1970s amid the peak of the cold war in a politically bipolar world, but it remained valid and crucial until today despite a changed global scenario.

In a recent conversation with BSS the then foreign minister in Bangabandhu cabinet Dr Kamal Hossain said the country’s founding father wanted to avoid getting drawn into global or regional power competitions.

Simultaneously, he said, Bangabandhu, sought good relations with all major powers while his goal was to ensure peace and stability in South Asia, a strategy which the incumbent foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called a “magic” policy that demonstrates his “inherent quality”.

“We are still following and maintaining it . . , her daughter (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) is also following him with her own prudence — balancing everything successfully,” said Momen in an interview with BSS coinciding with the Month of Mourning.


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