Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given his consent to visit Bangladesh in March next year to join the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud revealed the matter following a meeting with Turkish Ambassador in Dhaka Mustafa Osman Turan who made a courtesy call on the minister at his secretariat office in the capital.
At the same time, the Information Minister said as part of friendly relations between Bangladesh and Turkey, a statue of Bangabandhu will be built in Turkey’s capital Ankara, while another statue of the Father of Nation of Turkey Mustafa Kamal Pasha will be built in Dhaka. The Turkish government will built the statues in both countries and bear the construction costs.
State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan, Information Secretary Khaja Mia and senior officials of the ministry were present at the meeting.
The minister said, “You all know that Turkish president Erdogan has been invited to join the function of the Mujib Birth Centenary. He has also agreed to come if the situation becomes favourable amid COVID-19 situation.”
Besides, he said, discussions were held to air programmes at TRT, an English television channel of Turkey, impart training to journalists of two countries marking the golden jubilee of the Independence in the next year and exchange cultural activities.
Discussions were also held on setting up of sculptures of Bangabandhu at Istanbul in Turkey and Kemal Ataturk at Chattogram in Bangladesh, said Hasan.
Turan said discussions were also held about bilateral issues of the two friendly countries and added “we hope that we will participate in the closing ceremony of the Mujib Year.”
He said Bangabandhu is a model of Bangladesh and Kemal Ataturk is a model Turkey. “We have taken a decision to set up sculptures of the two leaders in the respective countries.”
“Sculpture of Bangabandhu will be set up at Ankara and sculpture of Kemal Ataturk at Kamel Ataturk Avenue in Dhaka”, he added.
Earlier, the Turkish president gladly accepted Bangladesh prime minister’s invitation to visit Bangladesh.
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