RIYADH: The 45th Independence Day and National Day celebrations of Bangladesh got a royal touch with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar attending the event here on Sunday.
Prince Faisal was received by Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi and his colleagues. After meeting the guests, the governor cut a cake to mark the occasion.
Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff Gen. Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq also attended the function.
In his welcome speech, Moshi paid rich tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs and freedom fighters. He also conveyed his deep gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his continuous support to Bangladesh and expressed optimism over enhanced relations with Saudi Arabia.
The program, which started with the National Anthem of Bangladesh, included recitation from the Holy Qur’an, ceremonial hoisting of the national flag by Moshi and reading out of the messages of the country’s president, prime minister, foreign minister and state minister for foreign affairs.
In Jeddah, Bangladesh Consul General A.K.M. Shahidul Karim hoisted the country’s flag in the presence of diplomats, Saudi businessmen, Bangladesh community members and journalists.
Karim welcomed the guest of honor, Adel Abdurrahman Bakhsh, director of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region; diplomats from various countries, Saudi dignitaries and prominent members of Bangladesh community.
“We pay homage to the martyrs of the war of liberation, whose supreme sacrifices made us a free nation. We also recall with gratitude the heroic contribution of our valiant freedom fighters during the nine–month war,” he said.
— With input from Fouzia Khan