Pope Francis met with Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, at the Apostolic Nunciature of Dhaka, on December 1, 2017.
Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, “Father of the Nation” and first president of the Republic of Bangladesh, assassinated in 1975. Pope Francis visited his grave the day before, a few hours after landing on Bangladeshi soil.
He also quoted him moments later, during his first official speech, before the authorities of the country: “President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman imagined a modern, pluralistic and inclusive society in which each person and community could live in freedom, peace, and security, with respect for the innate dignity and equality of the rights of all. ”