LONDON, JUNE 14 || GBnews24.com||
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said she was deeply grieved by the loss of lives due to landslides and wished she could be at the side of the distressed at this hour of need.
"I am deeply grieved at this tragedy that has taken away so many valuable lives and I would have immediately returned to the country to be with the distressed, but I cannot cancel my visit to Sweden as it is an official bilateral visit," she told a gathering of leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its affiliated organisations.
Sheikh Hasina also expressed her sadness at the tragedy in London on Wednesday where several people were killed in a huge fire in an apartment building.
The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmud Ali, MP, British Bangladeshi MPs Tulip Siddique and Rushna Ali. Press Secretary to the prime minister Ihsanul Karim and Bangladesh High Commissioner to London M. Nazmul Quaunine among others were also present at the grounds of the hotel where she stayed.
Sheikh Hasina asked the British-Bangladeshis to abide by the rules and laws of their adopted country and work hard.
"We are a proud nation now and a role model of development in the comity of nations," she said adding "there is no magic, it is the hard work and commitment which brings success."
Earlier on the day, British-Bangladeshi MPs Tulip Siddque, elected for the second time, and Rushna Ali, elected for the third time called on the prime minister and exchanged pleasantries.
The prime minister then left London for Sweden.