Former Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has highly lauded the role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in establishing peace and ensuring development in the region and sought her leadership in various fields of sub-regional cooperation for further uplift of the region.
"There should be your stewardship in various fields of sub-regional cooperation whether it is in power sector, connectivity, trade and water management ... it would definitely change the lot of the people of the region," Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the former Bhutanese King as saying while briefing reporters after a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Wangchuk, reports BSS.
The meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the father of incumbent Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel, was held at Hotel Le Meridien Thimphu last night.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim jointly briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting, while PM's Deputy Press Secretary Nazrul Islam was present.
The former Bhutanese King said that the wisdom of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in steering Bangladesh keeping equal friendship with other countries is exemplary.
"Jigme Singye Wangchuk uttered this praising remark thrice," the foreign secretary said, adding he also suggested that the other global leaders have many things to learn from such experiences of Sheikh Hasina.
Wangchuk, known as the 4th King of Bhutan, also expressed his surprise as how Sheikh Hasina has been able to do that over the years.
He opined that the sub-regional cooperation would take this sub-region to a new path of potentials where the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much significant.
In response, the prime minister mentioning the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's philosophy -- Friendship to all, malice to none -- said that her government has also been pursuing that philosophy and principles.
"Although it was difficult, I have been able to accomplish that successfully," the prime minister said and sought cooperation from all countries of the region in this regard.