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Bangladesh-US diplomatic anniversary celebrated in Washington
DHAKA, April 5 (BSS)- The 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and the US was observed in Washington on Wednesday, with an observation that the duty and quota-free access of Bangladeshi products to America could further enhance the ties.

"Bangladesh's relations with the USA have always been excellent and over the years these relations have deepened in many ways," Bangladesh Ambassador to USA Akramul Qader said.

Ambassador Qader, who was speaking at a reception hosted to mark the 40 years of diplomatic relations, said the ready-made garments from Bangladesh should have duty and quota free access to USA.

He said Bangladesh's friends in the USA have been steadfast in upholding democracy, but cautioned that the democracy and poverty alleviation should go hand in hand.

The ambassador also referred to the laudable role of the US Congress played between 2006 and 2008 in the return of democracy in Bangladesh.

Speaking on the occasion Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, said the US takes great pride for what Bangladesh has achieved in last 40 years.

The Acting Assistant Secretary described Bangladesh as a secular, democratic and Muslim majority country. He also recalled Senator Edward Kennedy's role in Bangladesh's war of independence.

Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, high US government officials, diplomats, members of the Think Tanks, Congressional Staffers, businessmen, journalists and Bangladeshi nationals and members of Bangladesh Diaspora attended the reception.

The celebration was also marked by symposium, painting exhibition, film show and musical soiree.
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