Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam has urged the United States to lead the international community to find a durable solution to the long-standing Rohingya crisis before it becomes a security threat for the entire Indo-Pacific Region, reports UNB.
He expressed deep appreciation for the sustained humanitarian assistance and political support of the United States to the persecuted Rohingya population of Myanmar.
The ambassador was addressing a function celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence and National Day of Bangladesh.
At the beginning of the day's programme, Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam, along with the guest of honour, State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Ervin Massinga, officially hoisted the national flag of Bangladesh.
Later, the ambassador and the guest of honour placed a floral wreath at the bust of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
After playing of the national anthems of Bangladesh and the United States, a video message by Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina was screened.
Ambassador Shahidul Islam paid deep homage to the architect of independent Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and to the valiant freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the cause of independence.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ervin Massinga extended greetings to the government and the people of Bangladesh.
He said the USA sees Bangladesh as an important economic and security partner in the Indo-Pacific region.
"Bangladesh has established itself as a leading voice on how climate change solutions must protect the most vulnerable. This leadership will contribute to a successful COP26," Ervin Massinga said.
In the second part of the programme, the messages from President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were read out.
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