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Victory Day celebrated at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington : Fresh vow to build prosperous Bangladesh

Victory Day celebrated at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington : Fresh vow to build prosperous Bangladesh

USA Bureau

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Saturday celebrated the 53rd Victory Day of Bangladesh with a fresh vow to build a hunger-and-poverty-free happy and prosperous Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and three million martyrs.

The day-long programme of the Embassy included hoisting of the National Flag on the Chancery premises, placing of a floral wreath at the bust of Bangabandhu, reading out messages of the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, hosting a reception and cultural function and offering a special prayer.

Deputy Assistant Sectary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), US Department of State, Ms Afreen Akhter spoke as the Guest of Honour at the reception held at Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy while Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mr. Muhammad Imran delivered the address of welcome.

Addressing the reception, Ms Afreen Akhtar appreciated Bangladesh’s remarkable progress since its independence and said the United States has been an important development partner in this journey. The progress that Bangladesh has made as a country has been truly remarkable, she said.

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary said it’s incredible over the past 52 years, Bangladesh has lifted millions of people out of poverty. She also mentioned the deep economic relations between Bangladesh and the USA.

Referring to her visit to Bangladesh on various occasions, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary said in each visit, she is really reminded of the strength, resilience, and fortitude of the Bangladeshi people.

Those are the virtues that led to Bangladesh's liberation, and those are the virtues that will carry Bangladesh forward in its journey, she said.

Ambassador Imran, in his welcome remarks, recalled with profound respect the greatest Bengali of all time and the founding Father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He also paid deep homage to three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifices in the Liberation War.

He highlighted Bangladesh’s tremendous progress that took place over the last 15 years under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

While talking about Bangladesh-US relationship, the Bangladesh Ambassador mentioned that the two countries have long-standing economic and commercial ties and said Bangladesh looks forward to work together closely with further engagements to take the relations to new heights.

Later, a colourful cultural function was held where embassy officials and their spouses as well as employees performed patriotic songs first. The children of the officials and employees of the Mission and Bangladeshi artistes in Washington Metro Area enthralled the audience by performing group dances on patriotic songs.

Ambassadors and diplomats from different countries, officials of the US government and members of Bangladeshi diaspora were present on the occasion.

Victory Day celebrated at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington : Fresh vow to build prosperous Bangladesh

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