PM Hasina urges world leaders to stop genocide in Gaza

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina meet on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on 17 February, 2024. The 60th Munich Security Conference (MSC) will run from 16 to 18 February, 2024AFP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the global leaders to stop genocide in Gaza.

“Bangladesh has always stood against genocide. What is happening in Gaza is a genocide, I feel. So we never support it,” she said in an interview with Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2024 on Saturday.

The Bangladesh prime minister also stated unequivocally that the Palestinian people have their rights to live and have their own state.

“The Gaza people have the right to live but what is happening there is a very sad thing. We should help them, and stop this invasion and war,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina has called upon the world  leaders to support and help “the suffering children, women, and people of Palestine”.

She said Bangladesh has already sent some assistance for them.

Replying to a query on a planned Israeli operation on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, the prime minister said they have never supported such an offensive.

“Palestinian people should have the right to have their own state - this is clear,” she expressed.

She continued: “There is a two state theory in the 1967 UN resolution. It should be implemented immediately.”