February 21 was the defence of every language in the world, says the US ambassador in Dhaka while launching the site
The United States government has launched the Bangla language version of the State Department’s ShareAmerica website.
ShareAmerica is the State Department platform for communicating American foreign policy worldwide.
It shares compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like religious freedom, rule of law, economic prosperity, human dignity, and sovereignty.
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Earl Miller launched the Bangla version of the website during a virtual event organized at the US Embassy in Dhaka.
Bangla is the 10th language to make a place on the ShareAmerica platform, said Miller.
Paying rich tribute to the fight for language in 1952, he said that the International Mother Language Day not only holds a special place in the heart of Bangladeshis around the world, but February 21 is also a symbol of the defence of all languages.
"It was the 1952 language movement in Bangladesh that eventually led the United Nations to designate February 21 as International Mother Language Day.
"We hope the new site will further expand understanding between Bangladeshis and Americans on so many topics –from US support for democratic practices and human rights for all, to American and Bangladeshi music and dance – another heartfelt way to express ourselves – and so much more," said Miller.
About the site, the US embassy said: "With this free resource, the United States expands access to information about US policies, values, and culture to Bengali speakers everywhere."
"In honor of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence, the Bengali site supports the deepening of people-to-people ties and ever-expanding bilateral relationship between our two peoples and countries," it said.
After the launching, the participants were apprised of the different aspects of the website through a tour.