Nat’l Mourning Day observed at UN HQ

Bangabandhu, a ‘Friend of World’

Staff Correspondent

17 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu, a ‘Friend of World’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a memorial meeting organised by Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Friday, marking the National Mourning Day and the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. —PID PHOTO

The 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day were observed at the United Nation headquarter in befitting manner for the first time in its history.

Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations arranged the programme at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday marking the day, said a press release on Friday.

Former UN Under Secretary General and former Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, Indian Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, Serbian Permanent Representative Milan Milanovic, Cuba Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Palestine Permanent Representative Riyad H Mansur, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and president of the USA unit of Awami League Dr Siddiqur Rahman, spoke on the occasion.

In his speech, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury termed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the ‘Friend of World’.

As a global leader, he had played an outstanding role in achieving UN membership of Bangladesh, highlighting a newly born nation to the world and advancing pluralism, he said.

Ambassador Momen highlighted the role and ideology of Bangabandhu in empowering people, protecting human rights, ensuring socioeconomic freedom and establishing democracy and peace.

Permanent representatives of different countries to the UN, diplomats, UN officials, rights activists and writers, among others, joined the mourning day programmes.

Earlier in the day, the national flag was hoisted at half-mast atop Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN.

A milad and doa mahfil were held seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his deceased family members.