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Bangladesh high commissioner to the United Kingdom Saida Muna Tasneem presented her credentials to British queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday.
After formally presenting her letters of credence, the high commissioner conveyed the warm greetings of president Md. Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina to the Queen.
Reminiscing the visits of the queen to Dhaka in 1961 and to independent Bangladesh in 1983, the high commissioner reaffirmed the high esteem and admiration which the people of Bangladesh still held in their hearts for the queen and praised her six decades of leadership as the head of the 53-nation Commonwealth.
She also recalled the support of the UK government and people during the War of Liberation in 1971 and the warm reception of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in London by the then British prime minister and the people on January 8, 1972 on his way back to Bangladesh.
She also requested Elizabeth to include two forests of Bangladesh, including one in Sylhet, in the ‘Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy’, an initiative begun in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programmes throughout the Commonwealth of nations.
The Queen welcomed the high commissioner and praised Bangladesh’s socio-economic development especially the women empowerment.
The high commissioner’s spouse Tauhidul I Chaudhury and senior officials of the high commission were present at the function.
Earlier marshal of the diplomatic corps Alistair Harrison in his ceremonial attire came to the Bangladesh High Commission in Queens’ Gate to pick up and escort the high commissioner in a royal horse carriage with two escorting royal horse guards to the credential ceremony at the Buckingham Palace. Permanent under-secretary and head of the British diplomatic service Simon McDonald welcomed the high commissioner at the Grand Entrance of the Buckingham Palace.
Two royal carriages also escorted the high commissioner, her spouse and the accompanying officers during their return from the palace to a post-credential reception at the St James’ Court. Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, a good number of British Lords, Baronesses, lawmakers, Members of European Parliament, heads of diplomatic missions, British high officials, academics, professionals, journalists, eminent community members, social and business leaders attended the reception of over 350 distinguished guests.
High commissioner Muna Tasneem, joined the London mission on November 30, 2018 as the 20th high commissioner and the first woman high commissioner for Bangladesh to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Liberia.
Prior to this, Muna Tasneem was the Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia.
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