Bangladesh needs to uphold religious harmony: UK minister
UK Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad today said religious and communal harmony and political stability are the preconditions of development and progress of a country.
"Bangladesh needs to uphold its tradition of religious harmony in order to continue its progress," he said at a reception organised for him at the Ahmadiyya Mosque Al-Baitul Islam at Tejgaon today, according to a press release.
The UK Minister for South Asia, UN and the Commonwealth at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, said religious freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of a person and the British government is working on this issue.
Ahmad, a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, in his address said, during the past five decades Bangladesh have faced various challenges.
"Despite all the ups and downs, this country has tremendously progressed in recent times and achieved a respectable position in the world," he said.
Mentioning the long tradition of congenial relationship between UK and Bangladesh, Ahmad said that his government is committed to help Bangladesh in child education, health and other humanitarian and development areas.
Presided by Abdul Awwal Khan Chowdhury, the national ameer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at of Bangladesh, the meeting was addressed by British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson, President of Tejgaon Chapter of the Jama'at Mohammad Abdul Karim, and Ahmad Tabshir Choudhury, director of External Affairs, PR, Press and Media of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Bangladesh.