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Mission in Washington observes Independence Day
DHAKA, Mar 27 (BSS) - Bangladesh Embassy in Washington celebrated the 41st Independence and National Day in a befitting manner on Monday.

The day's programs began with the hoisting of the National Flag with the playing of national anthem of Bangladesh.

Ambassador and State Minister Akramul Qader hoisted the national flag in presence of the officials and employees of the embassy, according to a message received here today.

Messages from President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni were read out on the occasion.

A special munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of those who made supreme sacrifices to achieve the country's independence in 1971. Peace, prosperity and progress for the country and its people were also sought at the munajat.

A reception was held at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy. The reception commenced with the playing of the national anthems of Bangladesh and the USA.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Akramul Qader paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of 1971.

He also recalled the contributions of the extraordinary people of the USA who stood for the cause of Bangladesh's independence.

The Bangladesh ambassador informed the gathering that the government of Bangladesh formally honored the friends of Bangladesh who helped during the war of Independence.

Referring to 'Vision 2021' to graduate Bangladesh into a middle- income country, Ambassador Qader underscored the importance of the support of the friends and development partners, including the USA, to reach the goal.

He further reiterated Bangladesh's commitment to work with the US government to advance the bilateral relations in depth and dimensions.

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, acting assistant secretary of state for Central and South Asia at the US State Department, represented the US government.

In his remarks, Pyatt conveyed the best wishes of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the people of Bangladesh both at home and abroad.

Describing Bangladesh as a moderate, secular, democratic, Muslim majority country, the acting assistant secretary said that Bangladesh stands as a model for many countries in its neighborhood.

Pyatt lauded Bangladesh's contribution in UN peacekeeping operations, reflecting the common goal of both the countries in maintaining peace and stability.

He also underscored the importance of Bangladesh-US relations and described Bangladesh as a partner within the wider regional strategic agenda.

High US government officials, diplomats, members of the think tank, congressional staffers, businessmen, journalists and a large number of Bangladeshi nationals and members of Bangladesh diaspora attended the reception.

A documentary film on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was also screened on the occasion. The guests were served with traditional Bangladeshi food.
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