British Excessive Commissioner to Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson on Friday stated the UK (UK) seems ahead to strengthen bonds of kinship and tradition with Bangladesh within the subsequent 50 years and past.
“Fashionable hyperlinks between the UK and Bangladesh embrace commerce and funding … We share a mutual imaginative and prescient of a contemporary twenty first century partnership certain by sturdy historic ties,” he stated in a message marking the UK-Bangladesh 50-year anniversary of diplomatic ties.
The envoy stated, at the moment, the world seems with admiration at what Bangladesh has achieved in its first half century, an RMG powerhouse, a number one contributor to peace and safety, particularly as a supplier of troops to UN peacekeeping missions, and one of the crucial influential world voices on local weather change that reacted at COP26 in Glasgow.
“I’m joyful to replicate on Bangladesh’s transformation from ‘one of many world’s poorest international locations’ into ‘one of many world’s fastest-growing economies’ and the UK’s half in that story,” he stated.
The excessive commissioner additionally lauded the British Bangladeshi contribution to the UK Nationwide Well being Service, training, growth, defence, tradition, cricket and curry.
“On at the present time, 50 years in the past, the UK and Bangladesh established our diplomatic relationship …. the UK is proud to be a pal of Bangladesh via all this,” he wrote within the message.
On behalf of the UK, the envoy congratulated the folks and the federal government of Bangladesh on this historic anniversary of a brand new period of Brit Bangla Bondhon.
He stated earlier than Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman set foot in his liberated homeland, his historic journey to the UK in January 1972 and his assembly with UK PM Edward Heath solid a brand new friendship and accelerated the popularity of Bangladesh as an unbiased nation.
“This historic second inspired Commonwealth international locations to recognise Bangladesh,” he stated.
Dickson recalled the British authorities’s humanitarian aid contributions to a rising Bangladesh earlier than, throughout and after the liberation struggle.
In truth, he stated the UK was one of many largest donors for humanitarian aid help to the folks of Bangladesh in 1971, reflecting sturdy public help within the UK for the liberation trigger. “All this laid the foundations for a novel and lasting relationship between the UK and Bangladesh,” he added.
With the institution of a British Excessive Fee in Dhaka, he stated, the then UK International Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Dwelling visited Bangladesh in 1972.
Since then, the UK has been a dedicated accomplice of this nation in analysis, well being providers and neighborhood growth, catastrophe threat discount, poverty alleviation, enhancing training, growing life expectancy for girls and kids, and womens’ empowerment.
“And all this has helped the nation’s exceptional progress over the past 50 years,” stated the envoy.
The nation has moved ahead, a task mannequin of optimistic transformation whereas persevering with to grapple with political and governance challenges as a vibrant, unbiased nation, learn the message.
The excessive commissioner stated many Bangladeshis made the UK their residence, and after 5 many years, with round 600,000 folks of Bangladeshi origin dwelling within the UK, the connection between the British and Bangladeshi peoples is deeper and stronger than ever.
The envoy additionally recalled the go to of Queen Elizabeth II in Bangladesh in 1983 in addition to a number of Royal relations together with Prince of Wales, Princess Royal and Prime Ministers together with John Main, Tony Blair and David Cameron in time to time.
“By means of this time, the connection has deepened, reflecting eager UK curiosity as Bangladesh has pursued restoration from poverty, floods, and devastating cyclones,” he stated.