The US embassy in Dhaka arranged a celebration on Wednesday as Thursday marks the 243rd Independence Day of the United Stated of America.
American Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and the US Embassy celebrated the occasion with a National Day event. The Minister of Agriculture Abdur Razzaque attended the event as the chief guest and representative of the government of Bangladesh.
Speaking about the bilateral relationship between the US and Bangladesh, the US ambassador said: “There is nowhere I would rather celebrate my country’s Independence Day and founding principles than in this remarkable nation. Bangladesh is one of the United States’ most valued partners and one of the world’s great development success stories.”
“I am proud of what our two countries are achieving together. American commercial aircraft now hoist the green and red into skies across the world. American companies produce more than half of Bangladesh’s natural gas, build power plants, supply locomotives, and train thousands of Bangladeshi workers to the highest international standards. The two-way trade between the US and Bangladesh totaled $8.2 billion last year, double what it was only a few years ago.”
He also said: “Our security and military relationship has never been stronger. The US is the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya crisis, providing more than $541 million since August 2017. The US salutes the people of Bangladesh for opening their borders and hearts to over one million persecuted Rohingya.
Since 1971, USAID has provided more than $7 billion to Bangladesh in development assistance, including $219 million last year, to promote economic opportunity, effective health and education service, food security, and responsiveness to climate change and natural disasters. In partnership, we provide assistance to improve local governance, address gender-based violence and empower women, and combat human trafficking.
Most importantly, our people to people ties remain the heart of our enduring support for one another. There are over 200,000 Bangladeshis in America. 7,500 Bangladeshi students study on American college campuses each year.”