Farewell Speech of His Excellency Mr. Zhang Zuo

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

Asalamu alaikum and good evening.

Thank you for giving me your precious time to attend the farewell party of me and my wife. I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to you and, through you, to extend my sincere thanks to more people and friends from Bangladesh, for the care, support and trust my wife and I have received during our one year and a half time here in the country.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Upon saying goodbye, what comforts me the most is the development of China-Bangladesh relations. This is the first time in my life that I am appointed as ambassador, and Bangladesh is the country to receive me, which makes me feel honored. Together with my colleagues and all of you, I have striven to implement the important consensuses achieved by the leaders of our two countries during President Xi's visit to Bangladesh in 2016. We have seen constant high-level exchanges, strengthened political mutual trust, enhanced defense and law enforcement cooperation, fruitful people-to-people exchanges and satisfying trade and economic collaboration results. In December 31stlast year,I had the privilege to be the first foreign envoy to call on the Hon'ble Prime Minister after she won the election. This year,Prime Minister Hasina payed a successful visit to China from July 1st to 6th. China-Bangladesh relations have reached the best time ever. I feel so lucky to be able to contribute to the friendly cooperation between our two countries in this new era of profound changes.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Upon saying goodbye, what I will miss the most is China-Bangladesh friendship. I have visited the 8 districts of Bangladesh, and have carried out field investigations in Chinese and Bangladeshi companies, construction sites, schools, villages, markets, border ports and crossings and industrial parks. In some way, I have left footsteps all over the country,travelling from the North to the South,surmounting hills and crossing rivers. Many politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and religious leaders have become my friends. I have met people from all walks of life including college professors, farmers, fishers and workers, and I have gone to Cox Bazar to meet the displaced people. Vigorous villages, the friendly people, beautiful beaches, delicious food, the charming mangrove,and major projects including Padma Bridge and Karnaphuli Tunnel have all left me with unforgettable memory.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Upon saying goodbye, what I thank the most is respect and understanding. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Office of the President, the Prime Minister's Office,the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government branches. Thank you all for the understanding that has always been there; thank you for your kind cooperation with me and the Embassy of China; I admire your sense of responsibility and openness. I would like to thank the heads of missions in Bangladesh for your friendship and sharing of experience with me;I would like to thank Chinese institutions, Chinese nationals and expatriates, teachers of Confucius Institutes and Chinese students in Bangladesh for your contribution to China-Bangladesh relations. Finally, I would like to thank colleagues from the Embassy for your selfless support and understanding. I hope that my successor can receive the same support from you.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Upon saying goodbye, what I expect the most is the future of China-Bangladesh relations. The dreams of our two countries are connected; the national conditions of our two countries are similar; our peoples are friendly toward each other and are always ready to lend a helping hand to each other. China-Bangladesh strategic cooperation has entered a golden era, with the coming year marking the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. I have every reason to believe that the next 45 years of China-Bangladesh relations will be even more glorious. No matter where I will be in the future, I will always pray for the development and progress of Bangladesh; I will always pray for the growth and advance of China-Bangladesh friendship; I will always pray for your happiness and health.

All that has happened in the past is just a prologue for tomorrow. I wish that China-Bangladesh relations will endure forever and ever!

I thank you all.


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