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Riboud’s Exhibition in Dhaka

Macron writes to Hasina expressing happiness

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 22 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Macron writes to Hasina expressing happiness

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In a rare gesture, French President Emmanuel Macron has written a letter expressing his great happiness and exhilaration to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the exhibition of photographs by renowned French photographer Marc Riboud featuring the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. In his letter to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, the French President said the pictures soberly illustrate, with great humanity, the events that led to the independence of Bangladesh.

The solo photo exhibition, titled "Bangladesh 1971: Mourning and Morning" by Marc Riboud was launched at the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka on October 16.

Riboud had spent a month with freedom fighters and was one of the very first to enter Dhaka, freed on December 16, 1971.

President Macron said this year Bangladesh is celebrating fifty years of independence and he is pleased that the exhibition of photographs is taking place at the magnificent Liberation War Museum in Dhaka.

“They soberly illustrate, with great humanity, the events that led to the independence of Bangladesh. Marc Riboud had then spent a month with the “mukhti bahini”, the freedom fighters, and was one of the very first to enter Dhaka, freed on December 16th 1971,” reads the letter. “These unique pictures show the admirable courage of Bengali people defending their freedom, their language, their culture, responding to the call of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rhaman. They also witness the interest of France and French people for a determined nation and a country full of promises, as André Malraux expressed right after the declaration of independence.”

“I am pleased in that regard that this exhibition also contributes to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries that followed very closely the end of the war, as well as a never disproven relationship of trust and friendship,” President Macron said in his letter.