The Foreign Minister's Statement on the Occasion of the 236th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
Mrs. Grace Mozena
My distinguished Cabinet Colleagues
Hon'ble Advise to the Hon'ble Prime Minister
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Shubho Shondha and A very good evening to you all!
This is our third visit to the US Embassy to celebrate the US Declaration of Independence. We were delighted to have been here before and we are delighted to be here now. May I therefore, as before, on behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and on my own behalf extend to you our warmest felicitations on this happy occasion of the 236th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the great nation that is the United States of America!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In Bangladesh, we take particular pleasure in celebrating your Declaration of Independence. In its many historical ways there is similarity between the emergences of our two nations. We both fought wars to liberate ourselves. When we declared the Charters of our respective nations, we recognized that our nations were founded on the will of the people. When we gave ourselves our founding principles of State under the Constitution, we expressed our people's will as embedded in people's representation. We gave ourselves a Written Constitution and embodied our aspirations in concrete terms to declare ourselves as a Republic whose three organs of state, namely, the legislature, the executive and the judiciary would be intrinsic parts. Whilst both of our nations have striven to achieve the wishes of our peoples, that process has been slow, consensual, often encumbered and elusive, but the path we have chosen has been steadfast and our goals clear. Democracy has been our people's invocation and code of life.
The common aspirations and joys are now marked by the warmest bilateral relationship our countries have enjoyed since the birth of Bangladesh as a sovereign State. That relationship is based today on a truly representative government in Bangladesh, elected under a free fair and credible election which you, in the United States, have appreciated and supported from across continents. The warmth in this "new high" in our relationship has been marked by meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and by several bilateral meetings between the US Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Clinton and myself. And, of course, there have been many meetings on the sidelines at multilateral meetings Secretary Clinton has also met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. These meetings have not only ushered new areas of cooperation but consolidated the common purposes of our two countries. When Mrs. Clinton visited Dhaka recently, we were able to conclude the historic Joint Declaration on Partnership Dialogue. We have understood this Partnership Dialogue to mean that, after forty years of US-Bangladesh relations, there is now a canvass which outlines the parameters and the depth of the bonds between our two nations. There is no doubt that the partnership Dialogue opens new bases on trust, respect and confidence in the new undertakings between and amongst us.
I am here to share with you the joys of the 236th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I am here to reiterate our bonds of friendship and cooperation; to convey the support of the people we represent and the elected government led by Bangabandhu Kannya in our bilateral relations; and, in our joint efforts to establish regional and global peace; to say that Bangladesh remains committed to counter terrorism, to pursue a policy of empowerment of her people through a variety of ways including upholding human rights, ensuring women's rights and the rights of children, enabling inclusiveness, especially of the minorities and the most disadvantaged; adapt to climate change, continue with our efforts to undertake clean energy initiative, render our utmost efforts to secure nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and of course to augment an increasing bilateral trade. Not least, is the relationship we foster among the peoples of our two countries?
On behalf of my Ministry, and on my own behalf, I would like to thank Ambassador Dan Mozena and his team for their relentless and enthusiastic cooperation in the last few months. I would also like to thank the Ambassador and Mrs. Grace Mozena for hosting this event, and for the gracious hospitality they have so kindly extended. I wish them a wonderful stay and happy times in Bangladesh.
Finally, on behalf of our Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, the Government and the people of Bangladesh, I would like to wish good health, happiness and long life to H.E. President Barack Obama of the United States of America, and peace, progress and prosperity for the friendly people of the USA.
Thank you all.
Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu
Long live Bangladesh-USA friendship.