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Juliet Valls Noyes, US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Immigration, said Bangladesh is serving as a model to the rest of the world today as it rebuilds the country after the 1971 liberation war and now paves the way for economic growth, inclusion and development. This news was reported by the American press Bangla Press.
Former Ambassador of Croatia Julieta Noyes praised the Bangladeshi leadership and generosity in providing shelter to more than 1 million Rohingya refugees. He noted that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled Burma in 2017 to escape the genocide, and Bangladesh has opened its doors to them and the people of the country have opened their helping hands and hearts.
US Assistant Secretary of State Juliet Valls Noyes said this while speaking as the ‘guest of honour’ at a reception organized by the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on the occasion of the 53rd Independence and National Day on Thursday (March 30). Mohammad Imran, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States gave a welcome speech at the event organized at Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy.
Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes said that Bangladesh and the United States have strengthened cooperation on a wide scale for more than half a century of friendship. He said the two countries have developed close trade and investment ties through migrants and strong business ties.
He noted that Bangladesh and the United States are strengthening defense and development partnerships to build a safer and more prosperous future for current and future generations. Ambassador Julieta Noyes said she is proud that the United States is the single largest donor to the Rohingya crisis. He noted that the United States is keen to continue and expand its cooperation with Bangladesh, so that they can meet the needs of local communities and advance a sustainable solution to the Rohingya issue.
On behalf of the United States and the Government, the US Assistant Secretary of State congratulated the people of Bangladesh on their Independence and National Day. Ambassador of Bangladesh Mohammad Imran in his speech paid deep respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Great War of Liberation.
He said Bangladesh considers the US an important and valuable partner in its journey to emerge as a peaceful and prosperous country and is keen to work closely with the US for stronger economic ties.
Ambassador Imran said that Bangladesh attaches great importance to long-term partnership with the United States. He said, the enthusiasm and appreciation in the messages of President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Independence and National Day encouraged Bangladesh.
Regarding the Rohingya issue, the ambassador expressed Bangladesh’s sincere thanks to the United States for its unwavering support and commitment to a sustainable solution to the crisis.
State Senator of Virginia Jay Chapman Petersen, alternate executive director of the World Bank. Ahmad Kaykaus, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US State Department, Mrs. Afrin Akhtar, President of the United States Awami League. Siddiqur Rahman, ambassadors and diplomats of various countries, senior officials of the US government and a significant number of expatriate Bangladeshis attended the event.
Later Ambassador of Bangladesh Mohammad Imran and Guest of Honor Ambassador Julieta Noyes and other guests cut the cake on the occasion of Independence and National Day. The program was conducted by Bangladesh Embassy Counselor (Political-3) Shamima Yasmin Smriti.