On the occasion of March 26 – the Great Independence and National Day of Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen has extended his heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to all Bangladeshis living at home and abroad.
“The golden jubilee of our glorious independence will be celebrated next year and ‘Mujib Barsho’ is being celebrated this year in commemoration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation, which are rare occasions in our history.
“On this auspicious day, I recall with profound reverence the greatest Bangalee of all time, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Under his dynamic, courageous and charismatic leadership, the people of this territory brought the red sun of independence breaking the shackles of thousands of years of subjugation.
“With deep respect, I recall the supreme sacrifices made by our war heroes, the three million martyrs and all the freedom fighters.
“I also pay my profound gratitude to the diplomatic front who, during and after our Liberation War, played a vital role in gaining international recognition.
“I also acknowledge with deep gratitude the enormous contributions of our foreign friends in the emergence of independent Bangladesh.
“Bangabandhu’s daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is determined to build a prosperous, knowledge-based and happy country.
“As a result of pragmatic initiatives taken by the Awami League government, Bangladesh has been transformed into a vibrant economy.
“The present government continues to make significant progress in rapid economic and social development which has helped to increase the living standards of the general people.
“Poverty alleviation, sustainable growth, protection of the environment, women empowerment and human-resources development are some of the key features of Bangladesh’s development strategy.
“Today the country is often cited by the international community as a ‘role model for development’.
“I hope that the Bangladeshi expatriate community will participate and support the ongoing advancement of the government.
“I thank all the members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our missions abroad who have been working with deep commitment to uphold our national interest across the world.
“Joi Bangla, Joi Bangabandhu
“May Bangladesh live forever.”