It gives me great pleasure in extending my warmest felicitations on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and China.
The Government of Bangladesh attaches great importance to friendly and cooperative relationship with China which is based on shared values, commonalities and mutual respect. This relationship has increased manifolds over the four decades and particularly under the astute leaderships of His Excellency President Xi Jinping and Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Bangladesh considers China as a true friend and trusted partner and work together with China to deepen the cooperation of mutual benefits and bring the 'Strategic Partnership' to new heights. Exchanges of cooperation and mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples have continued to expand.
I take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation for the assistance of the Government of China to fight against the COVID pandemic and for continued support for the socio-economic development process of Bangladesh. I sincerely hope that our existing bilateral relations will be further strengthened and deepened in the days to come.
Bangladesh and China work closely to promote regional and global peace, security and development. Bangladesh appreciates China's persistent engagement to create an enabling, safe, secure and sustained environment in Rakhine State of Myanmar for voluntary return of 1.1 million displaced Myanmar nationals now temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh which is vital for stability, security and peace in the region. Although Myanmar agreed to take them back, sadly, none has gone back yet. Your Excellency may like to take proactive initiative to start the process of repatriation.
I wish, your Excellency, good health, long life and happiness and for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the friendly people of China.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration