News Centre –TDO – Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki has hosted an event marking the National Day of Mourning on the 43rd anniversary of the death of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of Bangladesh.

The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Ali Merthan Dündar of Ankara University’s Asia-Pacific Studies Centre (APAM), Prof. Dr. Hicabi Kırlangıç of Ankara University’s Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Ambassador Alev Kılıç of the Eurasian Studies Centre (AVİM), Ambassador Erdinç Ulumlu, representatives of foreign missions, academics and other guests.

The programme began with a minute of silence in memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibir Rahman and a documentary film about the life of the founding leader was shown.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Siddiki said that Bangladesh had faced difficult and trying challenges on its way to independence and that the people of the country had paid a heavy price.   

Siddiki said “Bangabandhu’s legend and spirit will live forever” and underlined that they would carry the memory of the founding leader into perpetuity.

Siddiki stated “I offer my thanks for the unique sensitivity and support offered by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish people for the Muslims of Arakan who have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing oppression in Myanmar” and added that despite being geographically distant, Turkey and Bangladesh were brother countries.

Bangabandhu and his family were assassinated on August 15th 1975. The founding leader is known as the “Father of the People" in Bangladesh and the house in Dhaka where he was assassinated is preserved as the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

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