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Independence Day for Bangladesh
Bangladesh's 40th Nat'l Day Marked in Seoul
Amb. Shahidul Islam Hosts Dinner Reception at Shilla
Bangladesh Ambassador to Seoul Shahidul Islam (left) poses with former Prime Minister Lee Hong-Koo at its 40th National Day reception held at Shille Hotel in Seoul on March 28, 2011.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Seoul Shahidul Islam observed the 40th anniversary of the Independence and National Day of the People's Republic of Bangladesh by hosting a reception at Shilla Hotel in Seoul on March 28, 2011.

Hundreds of high-profile guests including scores of top foreign envoys were invited to the dinner reception.

Former and current government officials of Korea attended the function. They included Kim Joong-Kwon, former chief secretary for ex-President Kim Dae-Jung, and ex-Prime Minister Lee Hong-Koo, who is now chairman of the board of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs in Seoul.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Seoul Shahidul Islam (2nd from right) poses with his diplomatic friends at its 40th National Day reception held at Shille Hotel in Seoul on March 28, 2011.

Among the South Korean officials were Vice Defense Minister Lee Yong-Geol, who delivered a congratulatory speech.

In a welcoming speech Amb. Islam stressed the growing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and South Korea.

Every March 26, Bangladesh celebrates its National Day, commemorating the day of Bangladeshi's liberation from Pakistan in 1971.

Mrs. Jesmeen (Shahidul) Islam (center), wife of Bangladesh Ambassador Shahidul Islam, poses with her daughter (left).

The people of Bangladesh mounted one of the most effective guerilla wars of modern times on March 26, 1971. The nine-month long war, which cost countries lives, was the most glorious chapter in the history of Bangladesh. On Dec. 16, 1971 the war came to an end, the people emerged victorious, and after centuries of subjugation, Bangladesh became an independent country.

Currently, Bangladesh maintains diplomatic ties with both North and South Korea.

It was on Dec. 18, 1973 that Bangladesh and South Korea formed official diplomatic relations.

UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Mohammed Al-Maainah (right) poses with Chairman Hilton Lee (Lee Deok-No) of Hilton Corp.

North Korea recognized Bangladesh in 1973.

South Korean Embassy was established in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka in March 1974.

In October, 1978 South Korea set up its trade center in Bangladesh. Bangladesh opened its embassy in Seoul in 1987.

In 1985 then-Bangladesh President Hussain Muhammed Ershad visited South Korea for the summit talks with then-South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan.

Since then there has been a series of exchanges of high-level officials between the two countries.

Mrs. Aida Al-Maainah (left), wife of UAE Ambassador to Seoul Abdulla Mohammed Al-Maainah, poses with her friends. Second from right is Mrs. Marita Seidt, wife of German Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt.

In a recent interview with a local media Bangladesh Ambassador to Seoul Shahidul Islam said that the bilateral ties between Seoul and Dhaka was promoted to the level of "comprehensive partnership" after its Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Seoul in May 16-18, 2010.

The envoy said that Bangladesh is making a preparation for South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's visit to Dhaka.

He also revealed that as of now some 12,000 Bangladesh people are living in South Korea.

Most of them are employed at the small and medium-sized companies.

Roughly 600 of the Bangladesh residents are studying at a variety of South Korean universities.

According to the envoy, hundreds of Bangladesh residents have become South Korean citizens, involving themselves in the trade business.

The envoy said that both Bangladesh and South Korea emerged as an important trade partner to each other.

He said that the bilateral trade volume reached 11.85 billion US dollars in 2009.

South Korean businesses have invested in the textile and clothing businesses in Bangladesh.

And recently they are participating in the exploration of oil and gas in Bangladesh.

For details or inquiries please contact Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul at 02-796-4056






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