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‘Welcome Bangabandhu 1973’ screened

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 24 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘Welcome Bangabandhu 1973’ screened
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki, and chairpersons of two parliamentary standing committees Rowshan Ara Mannan and Waseqa Ayesha Khan hold copies of a photo album containing 50 memorable photos of Bangabandhu’s landmark 1973 visit to Japan at a programme at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital on Tuesday.

A documentary titled “Welcome Bangabandhu 1973” on the historic visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan on October 18-24 in 1973 was screened at the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.

The Japan Government-made documentary was screened by the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pay profound respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the 50th anniversary year of Bangladesh-Japan bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen joined the screening event as the Chief Guest while State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam joined as the Special Guest, said the Foreign Ministry.

Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Ito Naoki, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges Ms Rowshan Ara Mannan, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ms Waseqa Ayesha Khan, Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and other senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from JICA, JETRO and Japanese community living in Bangladesh, students from the Institute of Modern Language and the Department of Japanese Studies of Dhaka University,             members from print and electronic media, among others, joined the screening event.

In his speech, Foreign Minister Momen highlighted the significance of Bangabandhu’s visit to Japan in 1973 in fostering today’s exemplary relations between the two friendly nations.

He also credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in forging ever-lasting bonds of friendship between Bangladesh and Japan by elevating the relationship into “Comprehensive Partnership” level.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Bangladesh Government’s resolve to work closely with the Government of Japan to promote the existing bilateral relations to a new height.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam commented that Bangabandhu’s historic visit to Japan initiated the legacy of a steadfast and lasting friendship between our two countries.

Highlighting Japan’s footprints in almost all our socio-economic sectors, the State Minister hoped that Japan would stand beside Bangladesh in realising Bangabandhu’s dream of ‘Sonar Bangla’.

Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Ito Naoki echoed the influence of Bangabandhu’s Japan visit towards fostering a time-tested robust Bangladesh Japan relation.

In his welcome address, Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen shared that during the Liberation War of Bangladesh and thereafter, particularly, following the Bangabandhu’s visit, Japan has transited to be a true partner in fulfilling Bangabandhu's vision towards turning Bangladesh into a prosperous country like Japan.

The Ambassador of Japan handed over a photo album containing 50 memorable photos of Bangabandhu’s landmark visit to Japan in 1973 to Foreign Minister, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on the Ministries of Road Transport and Bridges; and Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, and Foreign Secretary.