“We are natural partners to work together in a spirit of mutual cooperation.” Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said at the celebration of Indonesia’s independence day on today (Thursday) evening.
August 17, Saturday, 2019 marks the 74th celebration of the Republic of Indonesia’s independence. The ambassador Mrs. Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno and the Indonesian embassy in Dhaka celebrate the occasion on today with a National Day reception at the Radisson Blu Hotel Dhaka.
Land Minister attended the event as chief guest. Representatives of the government, opposition leaders, and members of civil society, businessmen, academia, and journalists attended the reception.
Recalling the personal relations between Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the leader of Indonesia’s struggle for independence Dr. Sukarno, Land minister said-
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of a golden Bangladesh where a liberal, pluralistic and tolerant society would play the central role in the governance and containment of pluralistic diversity of the newly independent country, which contains identical views as of the democratic society in Indonesia. Therefore, both countries are natural democratic allies.”
Minister also said the excellent relationship between current Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and described the Indonesian President’s visit to Bangladesh last year as a milestone.
It is noted that Indonesia is one of the first countries in South East Asia which recognized Bangladesh immediately after its victory in the historic liberation war in 1971. After the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in early 1972, two country’s bilateral relations have advanced to a remarkable extent in the last four decades.
Minister called upon Indonesian entrepreneur and business communities to invest more in Bangladesh,
” I will urge upon the business community of Indonesia, through the H.E the Ambassador of Indonesia in Dhaka, to take the opportunity to invest in Bangladesh and to import more quality products from Bangladesh” Minister said.