US embassy salutes Bangabandhu’s legacy for founding Bangladesh

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The United States (US) embassy here today said they salute Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 102nd birth anniversary for founding Bangladesh.

“During this 102nd anniversary year of his (Bangabandhu’s) birth, we salute his legacy for founding an independent Bangladesh,” the embassy said on its verified facebook page today.

It said the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is proud as Bangabandhu was a U.S. Department of State exchange program alumnus – one of the very first International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants.

“We congratulate the people of Bangladesh today as they observe the 102nd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” said the post.

Recently, at a media briefing here, a US diplomat stationed here said the celebration of Bangabandhu’s birthday has connection with the US as Bangladesh founding father studied in the US in 1958 as a participant of International Leadership Programme.

“It shows the link that we have the partnership and relationship with Bangladesh and Bangladeshi people,” he said.

He said the people-to-people contact is an important part of partnership between US and Bangladesh and “we hope to continue it”.

The US awaits a scheduled partnership dialogue on March 20, expecting it to expand “the robust” relationship with Bangladesh, coinciding with the 50th year of bilateral relations, US officials in Dhaka said.

“In this 50th year of our diplomatic relations, the United States seeks to deepen a strong multi-faceted relationships built on mutual respect and shared interest,” said the US diplomat stationed here.

Dhaka is set to host the 8th partnership dialogue on March 20 when US state department’s political affairs under secretary Victoria Nuland will lead a US delegation while foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen will head the Bangladesh side.

The two countries have drawn up a series of engagements in coming months as part of which the US secretary of state Antony J Blinken invited Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen to Washington to mark the 50-year anniversary of bilateral ties on April 4.