News Centre – TDO- Ambassador of Bangladesh to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki and his spouse Rashna Farruk Siddiki and Bangladesh Defence Attaché Brigadier General Md. Tarigul Alam and his spouse Jisan Tariq, hosted a reception at Ankara Atlı Hotel to mark the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day.
To the reception Commander of the Air Forces General Hasan Küçükakyüz, Commander of the Naval Forces Adnan Özbal, Commander of the Coastal Guard Rear Admiral Ahmet Kendir, President of the Military Attachés Union Brigadier General Reinhard Schöberl, as well as foreign military attachés in Ankara and many other guests attend the reception.
The reception began with the national anthems of the two countries and a minute of silence for those who died in the war of independence.
Brigadier General Alam, in his speech said “November 21st 1971 is an important date, which is celebrated solemnly and with significance every year to honour the sacrifices of the members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, who fought and lost their lives along with the Bengali people for our beloved homeland.
This day also inspires the present members of the Armed Forces to protect the independence of Bangladesh and support global peace.
Allow me to emphasise the importance of this day which will forever leave a mark in the hearts of the Bengali people and member of the Bangladeshi Armed Forces. Following 23 years of uninterrupted struggle for freedom between 1948 and 1971, with the great call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26th 1971, a war of independence began against occupying forces. The Bengali people and armed forces fought for their independence for nine months.
In the next phase of the wat, on November 21st 1971, the Freedom Forces of Bangladesh that consisted of army, navy and air forces began a final united offensive. The simultaneous actions by the army, navy and air forces, added the final momentum for the end of the War of Independence. Finally, on December 16th 1971, we achieved victory and the independence of Bangladesh.”
Ambassador Allama Siddiki, thanked all the guests for attending the reception and said “The armed forces are one of the most important elements in any independent country. The Bangladesh Armed Forces, which was reborn from their ashes, are our most cherished institution.
A bright future awaits Bangladesh in every field, including the social and economic fields. The Armed Forces are developing and progressing along the same lines. Bangladesh’s foreign policy is built on peace. Our policy is to be friends with everyone.”
Commander of the Air Forces General Hasan Küçükakyüz, congratulated Bangladesh on the occasion of its Armed Forces Day.