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British high commissioner addresses Bangladeshis on Independence Day

Dickson congratulated Bangladeshis on the occasion via a short video message posted on Twitter

Update : 26 Mar 2019, 04:19 PM

Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner to Dhaka, has greeted Bangladeshis on the occasion of the 49th Independence Day.

In a short video message—posted on the High Commission's official Twitter profile on Tuesday—Dickson began by congratulating Bangladeshis in Bangla.

He recalled that Britain was one of the first countries to recognize an independent Bangladesh in 1971.

"We have close relations between our countries and those relationships continue to go from strength to strength," Dickson said.

"I would like to take this opportunity as British High Commissioner to wish everyone in #Bangladesh a Happy & Great #IndependenceDay," the Twitter message read.

On this day in 1971, Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence after the Pakistani occupying forces cracked down on unarmed Bangalees at midnight on March 25.

Bangladesh emerged as a free country on December 16, 1971, after a nine-month long Liberation War.

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