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Bangladesh Ambassador to Cairo: Egypt is one of the first Arab countries to recognize our state in 1973

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Ambassador Samina Naz, Bangladesh Ambassador to Cairo, said that Egypt and Bangladesh have excellent bilateral relations based on common values, friendship and mutual cooperation.

The ambassador explained that Egypt was one of the first Arab countries to recognize Bangladesh in 1973, and this was a gesture shown by Egypt at a time when this was urgently needed.

This came during her speech, at the evening of cultural relations between Egypt and Bangladesh and the celebration of International Mother Language Day, at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Culture in the Cairo Opera House.

The ambassador stressed that Egypt is a country with ancient civilizations, heritage and culture, and there is widespread interest in it in Bangladesh due to its rich culture from the Pharaonic times as well as Arab and Islamic culture.

She added: Both countries have a program for cultural exchange in various sectors, such as: the Holy Quran recitation competition, scientific exchange, and the participation of artists organized in Egypt and Bangladesh.

She said: It is an honor for us to be part of the celebrations of cultural relations between the two countries at a time when the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

She announced that this event coincides with International Mother Language Day, as February 21 is celebrated every year to commemorate the unique struggle and sacrifices we made to establish the right to our mother language, Bengali.

She continued: We are proud to be the only nation in the world that made huge sacrifices by sacrificing blood and profits to protect our rights to speak our Bengali language in 1952, as the language movement in Bangladesh is a source of inspiration in the struggle for independence, freedom, and the dignity of the mother tongue of every country in the world.

She added: At the request of Bangladesh and in appreciation of the great sacrifices of the martyrs of our language, UNESCO declared International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999, and as of February 21, 2000, this day was celebrated as International Mother Language Day all over the world.

The ambassador referred to the contribution made by Egypt when President Sadat took a personal initiative for Bangladesh to obtain membership in the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 1974 during the organization’s second summit in Pakistan.

She continued: Sadat also visited Bangladesh, and Egypt played an important role in Bangladesh’s accession to the Non-Aligned Movement in 1974 and also helped in Bangladesh’s attempt to become a member of the United Nations in 1974, stressing that her country and its people are indebted to Egypt and its people for the long term.

She pointed to the first historic visit from Bangladesh by the then Prime Minister, “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” in 1974 at the invitation of President Sadat. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also visited Egypt in 2001 and 2009 to attend the summit of the Group II and the Non-Aligned Movement.

She explained that there is only a 7-hour flight, as the establishment of this direct air link contributed to enhancing tourism and trade between the two countries, and most importantly, enhancing communication between the two peoples.

On the other hand, the ambassador said that Bangladesh is very rich in cultural heritage, and that the country’s cultural traditions are a happy mixture of many variables, and are unique in terms of diversity, and are a melting pot of many ancient civilizations, and as a result we have a mixed and rich culture. .

She added: According to the Center for Economic and Egyptian Research in London, Bangladesh is expected to become the 25th largest economy by 2035, with per capita income now standing at 2,824, and Bangladesh has maintained an annual rate of more than 6% since 2010.

At the end of her speech, the ambassador thanked the Ministry of Culture, the Supreme Council of Culture, and the Ministry’s Department of Foreign Cultural Relations for organizing this event.

The evening was attended by Dr. Hisham Azmy – Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture, Mahmoud Ezzat – former Egyptian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr. Ahmed Al-Qadi – Head of the Jordanian Language Department at Al-Azhar University, Dr. Galal El-Hafnawy – former professor of Oriental languages ​​at Ain Shams University, Dr. Sherine Al-Qadi – visual artist.

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