DHAKA, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia
Scotland has said Bangabandhu strongly believed in the Commonwealth and the
Commonwealth values that inspired him to make the forum the first
international organization that Bangladesh joined in 1972 immediate after its
“The Commonwealth will always remember in deep gratification Bangabandhu’s
charismatic participation in two Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings
during his lifetime,” she said in a message on the birth centenary of
Bangabandhu, said a press release here.
Paying deep respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman, the Commonwealth secretary general recalled the great leader’s
participation in the two meetings-first in 1973 in Ottawa and second in 1975
in Kingston where he championed global peace and his foreign policy’s
philosophy- Friendship to All and Malice Towards None’.
She said the great leader dedicated his life for the realization of the
rights and freedom of the people of Bangladesh that led to their independence
“I am pleased to learn that the government and the people of Bangladesh
will be celebrating the historic birth centenary of Bangabandhu in
association with the UNESCO with due festivity throughout the Mujib Year,
March 2020-March 2021,” she said.
Patricia also paid special tribute to Bangabandhu’s unflinching conviction
in democracy, secularism and progressive values, as well as his indomitable
spirit to be always on the side of the oppressed people.
She said Bangabandhu effectively laid down the strong foundation of
Bangladesh’s historic partnership with the Commonwealth that continues to
flourish for five decades promoting “our common aspirations for democracy,
human rights, good governance, tolerance and cultural diversity”.
“On this auspicious occasion, I take this opportunity to renew the
Commonwealth’s shared values and strong bonds of partnership with the
government of Bangladesh led by Bangabandhu’s visionary daughter Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina in delivering the sustainable development goals
leaving no one behind,” Patricia said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)