The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is being observed in the country like elsewhere today in a befitting manner.
The day is being observed on May 29 every year across the world, aiming to underscore the importance of maintaining global peace, pay tribute to those involved in the peacekeeping missions and honour the UN peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives for ensuring global peace.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, marking the occasion.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh is among the countries that contribute the largest number of troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
Utmost sincerity along with professionalism of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been playing a vital role in achieving the reputation they enjoy, he said.
In pursuing the country’s diplomatic objectives, the president said, the government has been consistent in upholding the principle of “Friendship to all, malice towards none” as enunciated by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The outstanding contribution of our peacekeepers has upheld the image of Bangladesh in the international arena,” Abdul Hamid said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been working relentlessly to establish peace and harmony in various conflict zones in the world.
They are highly praised worldwide for their high standard of professionalism, devoted service, hard work and courage, she said.
On behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh, the PM assured of full support to UN peacekeeping operations.
“I hope Bangladeshi peacekeepers will contribute more in the future with their highest standard of professionalism, efficiency and sincerity,” she added.
The president and the prime minister wished the “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers-2019” a grand success.
Different programmes have been planned to observe the day, said an ISPR release.
In observance of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, a commemoration ceremony will be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital for the relatives of deceased and injured Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
Principal Staff Officer Lieutenant General Md Mahfuzur Rahman will inaugurate the ceremony while President Abdul Hamid is expected to attend the function as the chief guest.