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France ready to support Bangladesh overcome challenges, Macron praises PM Hasina

  • Bangladesh knows the importance of preserving environment, says Macron
  • Proposes sustainable schemes
Update : 11 Sep 2023, 12:06 PM

France is eager to stand by Bangladesh in its development and support the country in overcoming challenges. 

In his first visit to Bangladesh, French President Emmanuel Macron credited the prime minister in her battle to help the country mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. 

“From the … of beach to the beauty of your lakes to deeps of great mangrove forest of Sundarbans a country where nature is as abundant I mean you know the importance of preserving these environments” added Macron pointing to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who was standing next to him on the stage on Sunday night, during a dinner soon after his arrival. 

He stated: "I want to praise your leadership on this issue. And you can count on France, and our full support, in order to convince the countries mainly responsible for the emission of greenhouse gasses, but also to help you with that. France will be, again, on your side."

Meanwhile, the Embassy of France in Dhaka, ahead of the summit meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tweeted: "We are ready to support it to overcome its major challenges.”

"Dynamic, the country, thanks to its thriving economic growth has made tremendous progress in pursuing its Smart Bangladesh vision. Ambitious, our cooperation aims also at the achievement of SDG’s goals,” wrote the embassy. 

President Macron arrived on Sunday night and dubbed the progress made by Bangladesh as “tremendous” in different sectors and called the youngest nation in South Asia forging its place before the world. 

Recalling the heroic sacrifices of the people of this country in 1971, Marcon said “the best way to pay tribute to martyrs will be to acknowledge the tremendous success of Bangladesh over the years”. 

“Based on democratic principles and rule of law and the call for identity, Bangladesh is progressively retrieving its place on the world stage” added the French president in his speech at the state dinner hosted by the prime minister.

The French president also rendered a line from Bangladesh’s National Anthem: “Chirodin tomar akash, tomar batash, amar praane bajaye banshi.”

A clip containing Macron’s rendering of the line from “Amar Shonar Bangla” is making the rounds on social media and winning the hearts and minds of netizens.

Highlighting the historical significance of his visit, Macron noted: "More than three decades after François Mitterrand’s visit, we are opening a new page of our longstanding relationship. Thank you so much for honouring France and for honouring the entire French delegation with your invitation."

The prime minister welcomed Macron at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on his arrival from New Delhi around 8:15pm last night.

At the banquet last night, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh and France are opening up new areas of cooperation in strategic assets and advanced technologies.

“France has been our trusted development partner since our independence. We have developed a robust trade partnership with focus on responsible business conduct. We are opening up new areas of cooperation in strategic assets and advanced technologies,” she said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she is confident that the bilateral relations can move to strategic engagements for the shared prosperity of all in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

“Our partnership can be a meaningful force to address the multiple crises of wars, climate change and cost-of-living that our world is facing,” she said.

The prime minister recalled the warm hospitality she received at the Elysee Palace (the official residence of the President of the French Republic) during her visit to France in November 2021.

“The people of Bangladesh join me in welcoming you and your delegation here,” she said, greeting the French president.

“France holds a special place in our hearts and imagination,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, adding that her father, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was greatly inspired by the spirit of the French Revolution.

She said Bangabandhu dedicated his life to promoting the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity in his fight for self-determination. This was also reflected in his historic speech on March 7, 1971.

Macron paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 on Monday morning.

The French president is scheduled to leave Dhaka at 2pm on Monday.

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