On the eve of the International Mother Language Day, the US Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday launched its Bengali language website in an effort to increase understanding between the people of Bangladesh and the United States.
Chargé d’affaires (CDA) of the US Embassy here JoAnne Wagner launched the website -- www.bd.usembassy.gov/bn -- which closely mirrors the Embassy’s English website and provides content to Bengali speakers across Bangladesh and around the world.The Bengali language website enables the embassy to communicate more effectively with Bangladeshis and further expand the growing bilateral relationship between the United States and Bangladesh.
Both websites will be updated regularly to ensure both English and Bengali speakers have access to information related to US foreign policy, business opportunities, visas for travel to the United States, study and professional exchange opportunities in the United States, and more.
At the launching event, CDA Wagner said the International Mother Language Day holds a special place here in Bangladesh and in the heart of Bangladeshis around the world, particularly because it was the 1952 language movement in Bangladesh that led the United Nations to create International Mother Language Day.
“To recognise that historic Bengali language movement that took place not so long ago, on behalf of the United States Embassy, it is my honor and pleasure to launch our Embassy’s new Bengali language website,” she said.
Ambassador Miller, who due to meetings outside of Bangladesh was unable to attend the event, sent a message about the new website.
“I’m proud to announce on the eve of International Mother Language Day the launch of the US Embassy’s new Bengali language website,” said Ambassador Miller.He hoped the new website, in the language this remarkable nation fought so valiantly to preserve, will increase understanding between the people of Bangladesh and the United States.
“The website will allow Bengali speakers in Bangladesh and around the world to read about and discuss US-Bangladesh relations; business and trade opportunities; visa information and US citizen services; study in the United States; cultural, educational and professional exchange programs, and so much more.”
The launching of the US Embassy Dhaka website in Bengali is one of the many initiatives of the US government to promote greater cooperation, dialogue, and mutual understanding between Bangladesh and the United States, and a strong partnership to help ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region, said the US Embassy.