About the Author: Garrett Wilkerson serves as a Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Dhaka in Bangladesh.
On June 8, U.S. Embassy Dhaka hosted a reception to mark the 234th anniversary of the United States' independence. The Bangladesh Minister of Commerce, Muhammad Faruk Khan, members of the diplomatic corps, and many distinguished guests attended the ceremony. A highlight of the event was the performance of the U.S. national anthem by USAID's very own Penelope Thomas-Attar (pictured in gold) and the Bangladeshi national anthem by renowned Tagore singer Rezwana Chowdhury Banya (pictured in red).
In his remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh James F. Moriarty said, “Quite simply, we seek a world of prosperity and freedom. In the face of global challenges -- climate change, global recession, transnational terrorism -- all countries of good faith must cooperate to build a better world. The U.S. and Bangladesh must be partners on the great issues of the 21st century. I am proud to say that the U.S.-Bangladesh friendship is stronger than at any time before.”
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