News Center -TDO- Hosted by Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey Mosud Mannan, a reception was held at the JW Marriott Hotel for the golden anniversary of Bangladesh's independence and the 50th anniversary, known as the "Year of Mujib".
The reception was attended by Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, diplomats in Ankara and a large number of guests.
The reception began with the singing of the national anthems of the two countries.
Ambassador Mannan, who gave the opening speech, thanked the invitees for attending the 50th anniversary celebration, and said they also celebrated the political intelligence and commitment of his country's founder, Sheikh Mucibur Rahman.
Ambassador Mannan said Rahman was respected as a passionate and humane world leader through his struggle and the sacrifices he showed throughout his life.
Describing the achievements that the people of Bangladesh have achieved and continue to make progress in the field of economy, culture and democracy under Rahman's Leadership, Ambassador Mannan said that his country is a thriving parliamentary democracy with an annual growth rate of 7 percent.
Ambassador Mannan also thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for congratulating his country's National Day and launching the ‘Asia Again’ initiative, which is expected to further boost economic cooperation between the two countries.
In his speech here, Minister Selcuk stated that he sincerely congratulated Bangladesh and its fraternal people and used the following statements: "Relations between Turkey and Bangladesh have been shaped by common historical, cultural and religious ties dating back centuries, and the two countries have been close to each other during their most difficult periods. The contributions of our Bangladeshi brothers to our Liberation War are engraved in our hearts and minds and will always be remembered with deep feelings of gratitude."
Minister Selcuk continued his speeches as follows, emphasizing that the Turkish people have a love and friendship with the people of Bangladesh with these memories and said: "In this regard, we sincerely wish to deepen our relations with Bangladesh in all areas possible for the mutual interests of our peoples."
After the speeches, Ambassador Mannan presented a plaque to Prof. Selcuk Çolakoğlu, director of the Turkey Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, and the Indian Military Attaché for their support of the embassy.