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24 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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57th anniv of Elysee Treaty celebrated

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka
57th anniv of Elysee Treaty celebrated
Peter Fahrenholtz (L), German ambassador to Bangladesh, speaks while French envoy Jean-Marin(R) stands beside him during the celebration of the 57th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty at the Residence de France in the capital yesterday. Independent photo

The French and German ambassadors to Bangladesh jointly celebrated the 57th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty at the Residence de France in the capital to honour the friendship between the two nations. Highlighting the importance of the Elysee Treaty, French ambassador Jean-Marin said in his speech: “Our two countries were rivals. Many even said—hereditary enemies. The relationship went through its most tragic period during the two World Wars. But the leaders of the two countries understood that Europe would not survive without unity between the two nations.”

“Unity, solidarity, and cohesion are the keywords of the Elysee and Aachen treaties and of the Franco–German relationship. It is through the convergence of our social rules, our innovation policies, our defence, and through the coming together of our citizens, that we will be able to exercise together the French–German responsibility for Europe,” he continued.

“France and Germany are proof that there is no such a thing as a hereditary enemy. It took us three wars, millions of victims, and an astonishing amount of damage to overcome our mutual distrust and build a successful partnership that is now an example to the world,” he added. The German ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Fahrenholtz, said in his speech: “Germany and France have not only overcome a long period of rivalry and war, but have also decided to cooperate as friends, raising their relationship as neighbours to a new level of friendship and solidarity.”

Highlighting the extent of their relationship, Peter Fahrenholtz said: “You can find vivid examples of cooperation between the two nations in our various initiatives. Our two embassies are not only located in a common building, but even in the building the offices of both our embassies are openly and fully integrated—there are no walls or doors separating the German and the French offices.” He also said Germany and France are working hand in hand to better their relationship with Bangladesh. France and Germany had signed the Elysee Treaty on January 22, 1963.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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