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Armed Forces Day celebrated in Bangladesh Embassy in Washington: BD Armed Forces in forefront of bringing world peace : US Army Deputy Chief

Armed Forces Day celebrated in Bangladesh Embassy in Washington: BD Armed Forces in forefront of bringing world peace : US Army Deputy Chief

USA Bureau

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC hosted a reception on Tuesday (21 November) to celebrate the 52nd Armed Forces Day, says a press release.

Deputy Chief of Staff of US Army Lieutenant General Patrick Matlock addressed the function as the Chief Guest held at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy in the evening.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mr. Muhammad Imran and Defence Attaché of the Embassy Brigadier General Md Shahedul Islam spoke at the event.

Lieutenant General Gerry Glavy, Deputy Commandant of US Marine Corps, Ms Afreen Akhter, US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Seamas Whitsel, Director for South Asia Regional Affairs of US National Security Council, also joined the reception, among others.

Alternate Executive Director of the World Bank Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus was also present at the function.

Lieutenant General Patrick Matlock, in his speech, highly praised the Bangladesh Armed Forces for their contribution to safeguarding national independence and establishing world peace.

He said the Bangladesh Armed Forces have been in the forefront of security and national independence, providing relief to fellow citizens in times of natural disasters, sheltering the destitute and bringing peace and stability around the globe.

Noting that Bangladesh is the world’s largest troops’ contributors to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation, Patrick Matlock said the world is grateful for the sacrifice in the contribution of the Bangladeshi troops.

He pointed out partnership of the Armed Forces between Bangladesh and the USA, and welcomed the continued expansion of this partnership for peace and prosperity in the years to come.

Ambassador Imran paid deepest homage to the architect of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led the nation to achieve its long-cherished independence. He also recalled with profound gratitude three million martyrs, including the members of the armed forces, for their great sacrifice in the War of Liberation.

He mentioned the multifaceted collaboration between the armed forces of Bangladesh and the United States, saying that Bangladesh shares the convergent views with the USA on a range of defense and security issues.

The Ambassador said as a development partner and friend, the USA has extended support to Bangladesh in the past in its development journey, and Bangladesh looks forward to working together closely with further engagements to take the relations to new heights.

Defence Attaché of Bangladesh Embassy Brigadier General Md Shahedul Islam welcomed the guests at the reception and thanked the USA for the support and cooperation extended that is mutually beneficial for the two countries. Minister (Political) Md. Rashedujjaman conducted the program.

The function began with the playing of the national anthems of Bangladesh and the USA. Then a short documentary on the activities of the Bangladesh Armed Forces was screened.

Ambassadors, diplomats and defence attaches from a number of countries, senior officials from the Pentagon, Department of State, and other US organizations, members of Bangladeshi diaspora and Embassy officials and employees attended the function.

The program ended with cutting of a cake by the chief guest in presence of other dignitaries.

Armed Forces Day celebrated in Bangladesh Embassy in Washington: BD Armed Forces in forefront of bringing world peace : US Army Deputy Chief

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