France President Emmanuel Macron has said Bangladesh deserves admiration for the progress made in economic and human development, including in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Bangladeshi government and people have shown their generosity by welcoming the Rohingyas forced to flee, once again, Myanmar in 2017,” he said in a letter to Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on the occasion of Mujib Borsho and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence yesterday.
“Your country has asserted itself as a responsible power: it is the main provider of troops for the peacekeeping operations in the world; it defends multilateralism and the norms of international law.
“It is committed to the defence of the environment and access to essential global public goods, such as health.”
On the occasion, he sent on behalf of himself and the people of France, warm congratulations.
“This important date in the history of a young and promising State was made possible thanks to the admirable courage of the Bengali people to defend their cultural heritage and freedom at the call of the Father of the Bangladeshi Nation.”
Undoubtedly, the late President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose birth century is being celebrated, would have been proud of the achievements of the Bangladeshi nation.
In 1971, French statesman and novelist Andre Malraux called on the world to support the freedom of the Bangalees.
Half a century later, Bangladesh can be proud of its achievements, and France remains ready to best meet its needs in the areas of the environment, energy, telecommunications, the blue economy and sovereignty in matters of defence and security, in the spirit of an inclusive, open and secure Indo-Pacific space, he said.