Donald Lu praises the contribution of Bangladeshi Americans in laying the groundwork for bilateral relations

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 Donald Lu commends Bangladeshi Americans for their role in establishing the foundation for bilateral relations.

Donald Lu praises the contribution of Bangladeshi Americans in laying the groundwork for bilateral relations
Ambassador Donald Lu, the US assistant secretary of state for the bureau of south and central Asian affairs, speaks as the honoree at a reception held on March 26, 2024, in Washington, DC, by the Bangladesh Embassy.

Write it again According to a press release, US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Donald Lu, has expressed his profound appreciation for the contributions made by Bangladeshi Americans in laying the groundwork for the two countries' bilateral relations.

On Tuesday night, in honor of Bangladesh's National Day and Independence, the Bangladeshi Embassy in Washington, DC, organized a banquet at which Ambassador Lu gave a speech as the honored guest.


Muhammad Imran, the ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States, gave the welcome speech during the event held at the mission's Bangabandhu Auditorium.

According to US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu, there are a great deal of Bangladeshi Americans in the country, and their tenacity and perseverance are remarkable.

 "We are incredibly proud of the efforts made by Americans of Bangladeshi descent to deepen the connections between our countries," he said.

Donald Lu emphasized the accomplishments of American-Bangladeshi businesspeople whose creative ideas have had a major influence on a variety of industries. "Happy Birthday Bangladesh and Joy Bangla," he said in closing, wishing Bangladeshi people a happy national holiday and independence.


In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Muhammad Imran sent his best wishes on this momentous occasion to all Bangladeshis worldwide. He honored the three million martyrs who battled for the nation's independence as well as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, known as the Father of the Nation.

He underlined the value of the long-term alliance between Bangladesh and the US, stressing the constructive role played  by the US in the advancement of Bangladesh. Ambassador Imran expressed optimism that the two nations' collaboration would continue to grow and expand, especially in the Indo-Pacific area.

He expressed hope for future cooperation and the discovery of new areas of shared interest, which would promote wealth and growth for everybody.

Donald Lu praises the contribution of Bangladeshi Americans in laying the groundwork for bilateral relations
US assistant secretary of state Donald Lu and the Bangladesh ambassador Muhammad Imran jointly cut a cake in the presence of the guests.

In order to realize Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's goal of turning Bangladesh into a prosperous "Sonar Bangla" (Golden Bengal) free from hunger and poverty, he expressed hope for the help and cooperation of all allies.

The ambassador of Bangladesh and the US assistant secretary of state then shared a cake in front of the attendees. The national anthems of both nations were played to start the event, which then featured a documentary about Bangladesh's Liberation War and subsequent growth.


The event was attended by senior state department officials, ambassadors, diplomats from around the world, representatives from USAID, USTR, NDI, and IRI, and Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales, director of the US State Department's Office of Foreign Missions.

 Among the distinguished attendees were Ambassador Muhammad Ziauddin, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh's Ambassador at Large and a former ambassador to the United States; Ahmed Kaikaus, the former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Alternate Executive Director of the World Bank Group; Saddam Selim, a state senator from Virginia and a native of Bangladesh; and Siddiqur Rahman, the President of the Bangladesh Awami League's US chapter. Those from the Bangladeshi diaspora also attended the occasion.

Throughout the day, the Bangladeshi embassy planned a number of events to celebrate National Day and Independence. These included lowering the flag, placing a wreath of flowers at the bust of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, showing a video, and presiding over a special prayer and a discussion period.

The morning's ceremonies began with Ambassador Muhammad Imran ceremoniously hoisting the national flag at the Chancery grounds. To commemorate the anniversary, embassy officials and personnel were in attendance. The Ambassador then honored Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, in front of embassy personnel by laying a floral wreath at his bust.

The president, prime minister, and foreign minister read messages on the occasion, respectively, read by ministers Mohammad Habibur Rahman (consular), AZM Sajjad Hossain (minister of the press), and counselor Shamima Yeasmin Smrite. After thereafter, Shamima Yeasmin Smrite and Muhammad Abdul Hye Milton conducted a discussion session in the Bangabandhu Auditorium that focused on the significance of Independence Day and National Day.

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