Soviet Union was at forefront in recognizing sovereign Bangladesh: envoy

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Mantytskiy today said the Soviet Union supported the Bangladeshi struggle for independence and was at the forefront to recognize the new sovereign state in 1971.

"Hopefully, the joint efforts by Russia and Bangladesh in promoting bilateral trade, economic and energy cooperation will further benefit our peoples," he said, in a congratulatory message marking Bangladesh's Independence Day.

He expressed his confidence that, in the coming years, Bangladesh would see new remarkable achievements and ensure welfare and prosperity for all its citizens.

The envoy said the current success of Bangladesh in various fields proves that the relentless efforts and sacrifice of the freedom fighters served for the greater good of the future generations.

"I extend sincere congratulations to the friendly Bangladeshi peoples and the entire Bengali diaspora around the world on the occasion of the Independence Day," he said.

The ambassador said this date symbolizes the selfless struggle of the nation for freedom and determination of its own fate.

Over the past 52 years, he said, Bangladesh has made significant progress, having overcome the devastating consequences of the war to turn into a self-reliant state with rapidly developing economy and tremendous potential

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha