Bangladesh throws full support behind Islamic coalition

Updated 18 December 2015
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Bangladesh throws full support behind Islamic coalition

RIYADH: Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi announced here on Wednesday that his country has joined the 34-member Islamic Military Coalition led by the Kingdom.

The envoy was speaking at the commemorative meeting of the 44th anniversary of the Victory Day of Bangladesh held at the Chancery premises on Wednesday.
Appreciating the initiative taken by the Kingdom for the formation of the coalition, Moshi said that terror in all its forms should be eradicated for people to enjoy an independent life. “We will cooperate with the coalition to combat the menace to society which has killed innocent people and caused severe damage to persons and properties.”
Paying glowing tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman whose unparalleled leadership inspired the people to fight for the independence of Bangladesh, the envoy mentioned that the victory, earned through bloodbath and sacrifice, is the greatest success of the people.
“Cherishing the true history of the liberation war close to our hearts, we would have to go ahead in achieving the objectives of the Charter of Change by building a Bangladesh, free from corruption, malgovernance, terrorism, hunger and poverty inspired by Bangabandhu.”
He also remembered with gratitude the contributions of the valiant freedom fighters of war of independence who made supreme sacrifices to achieve the great victory in the war of liberation of the country. He called upon all Bangladeshis to work hard to brighten the image of Bangladesh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contribute to Bangladesh’s economic development.
Highlighting the significance and spirit of the day, he underlined the need for renewing the commitment to remain united and make concerted efforts for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
The ambassador thanked expatriate Bangladeshis for participating in the economic development of Bangladesh by sending remittances through proper banking channels .
Commending the progress of the existing government in different sectors, the ambassador mentioned that the days are not too far when Bangladesh will occupy important a position in international arena and it will become a ‘Golden Bengal’ (Digital Bangladesh) as outlined in the Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He told the audience that the embassy's entire team is working hard to intensify relations with the Kingdom and hoped to see results in the near future, particularly more cooperation in manpower, trade and investment.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.