Russian House in Dhaka, in cooperation with the Liberation War Academy Trust organized a solemn program and rich in documentary photographs exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Russia.
Director of Russian House Maxim Dobrokhotov in his welcoming word congratulated the Bengali Nation on the occasion of the 50th friendship anniversary and discussed the important role of people’s diplomacy in improving mutual understanding.
Minister-Counselor of the Russian Embassy in Bangladesh Ms. Ekaterina A. Semenova confirmed in her speech the intention of the Russian Federation to develop and strengthen bilateral cooperation in all directions.
Honorable Minister of Science and Technology of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Mr. Yeafesh Osman, chief guest on the occasion, stressed out that that the «USSR was an absolute friend in the history of our Liberation War, without whose contribution Bangladesh’s victory was unimaginable. Soviet people not only contributed to the liberation war, but also rebuilt war-torn Bangladesh, demining the country’s two main ports, setting up power plants, providing food and medical care. Russia is still cooperating as a true friend in the ongoing development of Bangladesh. Rosatom State Corporation is making significant contribution to the development of energy sector in Bangladesh. It is taking part in the implementation of the largest joint venture project - the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Pabna, which is financed by a Russian state loan». He called upon all to highlight the contribution of friendly Russia to the new generation. On behalf of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the Minister conveyed his sincere gratitude and best wishes to the Russian people and government on the occasion of the glorious 50 years of relations.
Soviet graduate Ghulam Mustafa, Chairman of Dhaka WASA Board said that, at the request of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman, the then Soviet government provided scholarships to many Bangladeshi students to build skilled citizens in the reconstruction of post-war Bangladesh. Now, they are employed in almost all spheres of economic and social life of their country and hold high positions in government agencies, private companies and cultural organizations. He reminded that for 2022-2023 academic years Russia provided 70 scholarships for Bangladeshi students under its government quota.
Former Chief Information Commissioner, Government of Bangladesh Mr. Azizur Rahman Aziz; Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industries, Sheikh Rafaz Ahmed and Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Chairman, Liberation War Academy Trust also were present and discussed.