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World leaders laud Bangladesh’s progress

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 27 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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World leaders laud Bangladesh’s progress
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pay homage to the Liberation War martyrs by placing wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar on Sunday on the occasion of Independence Day. —PID photo

Greeting people of Bangladesh on the occasion of the Independence Day, world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, have praised Bangladesh’s remarkable and extraordinary progress in socio-economic sectors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a congratulatory message to the President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed his confidence that further development of constructive bilateral cooperation fully meets the core interests of the people of the two countries.

Relations between the two countries go in line with the promotion of regional security and stability, he said.

Putin also said the ties between the two countries are based on the good traditions of friendship and mutual respect.

“Please accept my warmest greetings on the national holiday of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh -- the Independence Day,” he said in the statement.

Putin wished President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sound health and success, as well as peace and prosperity to all of their compatriots.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said Bangladesh has achieved vigorous and remarkable progress in various economic and social undertakings, making great strides towards the dream of “Sonar Bangla”.    

“The tremendous achievements scored by the Bangladeshi government and the people have been widely commended by the international community,” he said.

The Chinese president made the remarks in a congratulatory message to President Md Abdul Hamid on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh on Sunday.   

Xi said China-Bangladesh friendship boasts of a long history and will grow from strength to strength. At present, China and Bangladesh are enjoying solid and profound political trust, and practical cooperation has been advancing steadily.

The joint construction of the “The Belt and Road Initiative” has yielded fruitful results, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and the people,            he said adding “I attach great importance to the development of China-Bangladesh relations, and I stand ready to work to push China-Bangladesh Strategic Partnership of Cooperation to a new height.”

Meanwhile, Li Qiang, Premier of the State Council, and Qin Gang, State Councilor of the State Council & Minister of Foreign Affairs, sent messages of felicitation separately to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on the same day.

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has extended warmest greetings to his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen and the government and people of Bangladesh on Independence Day.

"Our multifaceted partnership is founded on shared sacrifices," he said.

“Bangladesh will always be a strong pillar of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’,” Jaishankar said.

Lauding Bangladesh’s impressive economic growth, US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken has said Bangladesh is quickly becoming a regional leader and the United States looks forward to deepening their partnership in the years ahead.

In a press statement, the Secretary of State on behalf of the United States of America conveyed his warmest congratulations to the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of the 53rd Independence Day of the country.

“As you celebrate your 53rd Independence Day, Bangladesh has many reasons to be proud. With a rapidly growing economy, an increasingly well-educated workforce, and a dynamic youth demographic, Bangladesh is quickly becoming a regional leader.”

“By generously welcoming Rohingya fleeing genocide, you have demonstrated your humanitarian commitment to sheltering vulnerable refugees. By developing adaptation strategies to the climate crisis, you have shown leadership in protecting the environment and strengthening climate resilience.”

Blinken said the United States is proud of its partnership with Bangladesh and of the resulting achievements made over the last five decades.

“Most recently, we have made real strides together battling Covid-19, tackling climate change, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region. We commit to working with you in support of free and fair elections, open to all.”

By committing to democratic norms, good governance, human rights, and media freedom—all of which are hallmarks of developing, stable, and prospering societies, he said “I believe Bangladesh will achieve its great potential.”

“Americans and Bangladeshis are stronger together because of our cooperation on the defining issues of this era. I look forward to deepening our partnership in the year ahead,” said the US Secretary of State.