Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government’s priority is to ensure food security in view of the global crisis. He also said that he has given importance to ensure healthcare, education, communication and shelter for the poor homeless people.
The Prime Minister said this during a meeting with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop George Cochery, outgoing Ambassador of the Holy See to the Vatican, at the Ganabhaban on Saturday (September 3) evening.
After the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the journalists.
Sheikh Hasina said people all over the world are suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war and sanctions and counter-sanctions.
Congratulating the outgoing Vatican Ambassador for his successful completion of his term in Dhaka, the Prime Minister said that he has played an important role efficiently in performing his duties as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
He said that Bangladesh attaches great importance to the relationship with the Holy See. The Holy See values the dedicated work of many Christian missionaries who have made profound contributions to socio-cultural life.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina recalled her visit to the Vatican in 2020 just before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Outgoing Ambassador Papal Nancio told the Prime Minister that he had visited Bangladesh extensively and was amazed by the overall socio-economic development of the country.
He expressed his gratitude to the churches of Bangladesh for their special care and protection.
He said that a 300-bed specialized hospital is being set up in Gazipur where common people will get quality treatment at low cost and the hospital is scheduled to be inaugurated in July 2023.
The Papal Nuncio invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate the hospital and handed over a letter to him in this regard. He told the Prime Minister that he enjoyed his time in Bangladesh.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Ambassador at Large Mohammad Ziauddin and the Prime Minister’s Chief Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaykaus was present.