Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett and New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ambassador to Nepal Joanna Kempkers made a joint visit to Gulshan Society Jame Mosque in the city on Sunday.
Founding Secretary-General of the Mosque Committee Jaharul Islam Chowdhury welcomed the envoys and provided them a tour of its premises.Both the high commissioners were impressed with the unique architecture of the mosque, particularly for its maximisation of space in an inner-city location and the inspirational feeling the building evokes, said a press release.
“It was a privilege to have been able to visit this beautiful mosque and we are overwhelmed by the warm welcome extended to us,” said Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett.
“As a multi-cultural country, Australia has benefited from its principles of diversity, inclusion and tolerance – these are values that we hold dear,” she said.
As a country committed to tolerance and diversity, New Zealand shares the same values.
“New Zealand is a nation of more than 200 ethnicities and 160 languages. Diversity and inclusion lie at the core of our values as a country,” High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers added.
Jahurul Islam Chowdhury, who has been associated with the Gulshan Society Jame Mosque since its inception, said it was a pleasure to receive Niblett and Kempkers at the mosque."We welcome their visit and look forward to receiving them again.”