PV Desk : Chair of South Asia Trade Monitoring Committee within the European Parliament Sajjad Karim has said Bangladesh must stand with the European Union (EU) to maintain international rules-based order if it is to be seen favourably.

Dr Karim made the remarks in Brussels to a high-level Bangladeshi delegation on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political affairs adviser HT Imam, economic affairs adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman, chair of the parliamentary standing committee on Foreign Affairs Dipu Moni, MP and chairman, parliamentary standing committee on Environment and Forests Ministry Dr Hasan Mahmud, among others, present.

Dr Karim said anything less than solidarity with the EU would be seen as a lack of commitment when it matters the most, according to a message UNB received here from Brussels on Wednesday.

Speaking in the European Parliament, the British MEP said he has received several messages from very prominent people within Bangladesh – decision makers, policymakers and people who can influence the debate – about how Bangladesh finds itself in a position where it has to stand by and watch world events, and react to them accordingly.