April 18, 2024, 2:00 pm


Diplomatic correspondent

Published:
2024-02-23 15:32:00 BdST

US keen to deepen partnership with Bangladesh: Official


US acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Scott Urbom said Bangladesh has been an important partner of the US for over 50 years, investing billions of dollars in Bangladesh’s health, education and other sectors.

“We look forward to deepening the partnership with Bangladesh in the next 50 years and beyond,” he said while speaking at a program organized by the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington.

Scott Urbom said that Mother Language Day holds a special place in the hearts of not only the people of Bangladesh but also the people of all over the world.

He also mentioned the sacrifice of those heroes who shed blood to establish the nation of Bangladesh and preserve the Bangla language.

Urbom said Bangla ranks as one of the most well-spoken languages in the world, and it is a testament to the Bangla language’s influence and importance of connecting Bangla speakers around the world.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC observed “Mohan Shahid Dibosh” and International Mother Language Day on Wednesday by recalling the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement, said a media release on Friday.

To commemorate the historic day, the embassy arranged a daylong program by paying glowing tributes to the language heroes who laid down their lives in Dhaka 72 years ago to establish Bangla as the state language.

As part of the program, a colourful function was held at the auditorium of the mission in the evening in the presence of ambassadors, diplomats from various countries, senior officials of the US government and the members of the Bangladeshi diaspora.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Muhammad Imran delivered the welcome remarks.

In his remarks, Imran paid the deepest homage to the martyrs of the great Language Movement and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He described the spirit of the great Language Movement as like a “lighthouse” for the Bangali nation. He said that the rich Bangla language earned through the bloodshed of language heroes could be a proper diplomatic tool to project Bangladesh in the international arena.

Holding the spirit of the great Language Movement and the War of Liberation, Bangladesh is marching forward fast with tremendous economic performance under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

The ambassador called upon the Bangladeshi diaspora in the US to encourage the new generations to learn more about the rich Bangla language, culture and heritage.

Later, a spectacular cultural function was held where the Embassy family, officials of the Foreign Service Institute, the US Department of State, as well as artistes from India, Nepal, Japan and Sri Lanka and a Bangladeshi cultural group performed captivating the audience with songs, group dance and reciting poems at the packed Bangabandu Auditorium.

Later the ambassador handed over prizes to the winner of an essay competition organized by the Embassy.

Earlier in the morning, a discussion session highlighting the significance of the glorious day was held at the Bangabandhu Auditorium. Ambassador Muhammad Imran and Defence Attache Brigadier General Md Shahedul Islam participated in the discussion.

The program of the day commenced with the placing of a floral wreath at the altar of the Shaheed Minar by Bangladesh Ambassador Imran on the embassy premises and bringing out a “Probhat Ferry” with the participation of the officers, employees and their family members at one-minute past zero hour.

Other programs of the day included the ceremonial hoisting of the national flag at half-mast by the ambassador in front of the Chancery and the placing of a floral wreath at the bust of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the presence of the Embassy officials and employees, screening of a documentary and holding a special prayer.

The messages issued on the occasion by the president, prime minister and foreign minister were read out by Minister (Economic) Md Fazle Rabbi, Minister (Political) Md Rashedujjaman and First Secretary Wahiduzzaman Noor.

Counselor and Head of Chancery Shamima Yeasmin Smriti, First Secretary (Passport & Visa Wing) Muhammad Abdul Hye Milton and First Secretary Md Ataur Rahman conducted the daylong program.

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