0408 GMT July 24, 2019
Bangladesh Embassy in Iran celebrated the anniversary of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh in a ceremony at the ambassador's residence in Tehran on April 8.
The function was attended by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour and a number of ambassadors to Iran.
Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Iran Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan said the event was being held to mark the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.
He added although the National and Independence Day is commemorated annually on March 26, the Bangladesh Embassy in Tehran is holding the ceremony a few days later due to its coincidence with the arrival of the Iranian New Year which started March 21.
"March 26 marks the beginning of Bangladesh's war of liberation. After, nine months of war for our liberation, we finally became victorious and set out on our journey for the economic and social emancipation of our people as dreamt by the father of the nation and the first president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975).
He said in the last 46 years, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in this regard and, under the leadership of its present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, is implementing the Vision 2021 [plan].
As stipulated in the Vision 2021, Bhuiyan added, Bangladesh expects to become a middle income country by that timeframe and a developed country by 2041.
"In the field of foreign policy, we are also progressing based on the policy for peace and development. In this regard, we have been very fortunate to receive cooperation from all friendly countries. "
He noted that relationship between Iran and Bangladesh is very close and friendly, adding the two countries have centuries-old relations as well as many religious, cultural and historical similarities and connections.
"We are working together to prosper together. We are very much grateful to the Iranian government for all cooperation it has always extended to us in the fulfillment of our missions and delivery of our responsibilities. We seek cooperation from the Iranian government and people so that our friendship grows and our mutual cooperation become wider and deeper."
Speaking in the same ceremony, Nematzadeh congratulated Bangladesh on its National and Independence Day and hoped for the best of the country's people and government.
He said the two countries' cultural and religious commonalities as well as their mutual friendship will help further bring the two nations together.
Maintaining and developing relations with other states are among the main principles of Iran's foreign policy, Nematzadeh stressed.
Iran attaches great importance to mutual respect and increasing the prosperity of nations, he said.
"Islamic countries, particularly Bangladesh, have their own particular place in Iran's foreign policy. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has always stressed the development of bilateral and multilateral relations with other nations, especially Bangladesh."
Bangladesh as a member country of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation and an effective member in other international societies such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement and due to its longstanding history of friendship with Iran has a specific place in the Islamic Republic's foreign policy, the minister said.
He added Iran is wiling to use its current economic, commercial and social capacities to expand cooperation with Bangladesh.
Iran has gained valuable experiences and made significant progress in different industrial sectors such as the production of automobile, cement, petrochemicals, agricultural products, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, Nematzadeh said, adding the country has also made great achievements in the military sector and the field of high tech industries.
He noted that Bangladesh is a developing country which has achieved an economic growth of six percent in the past few years, which is quite admirable.
"We strongly believe that many opportunities are available for the countries to increase cooperating in cooperation in trade and industry sectors, especially through joint investment. Bangladesh can benefit from Iran's raw materials and Iran can take advantage of the Bangladesh's big market and reasonably cheap workforce. "
The minister said Bangladesh has free trade arrangements with neighboring countries, adding in the near future, Iran and Bangladesh will hold their Sixth Joint Economic Commission in Tehran.
Nematzadeh is the Iranian head of the Iran-Bangladesh Joint Economic Commission.