US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat on Tuesday called on people to support non violent, free, fair, and credible elections that reflect the will of the people.

“I ask the government of Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh for the same thing I ask of my own government and my own people: Support non-violent, free, fair, and credible elections that reflect the will of the people,” said Bernicat while addressing a gathering at the US embassy in Dhaka.

The embassy organised the programme to mark the Independence Day of the United States of America that falls 4 July.

Foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Dhaka-based diplomats and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. 

The US ambassador went on saying, “The wisdom and determination of the Bangladeshi people created an independent, secular, and democratic nation and 47 years later the same wisdom and determination launched the Bangabandhu satellite into space.”

Dwelling on the founding anniversary of her own country, she said, “Our national day is not just the anniversary of the birth of our nation.  It is a reminder of the enduring truth that a people can design their own future, a truth that drives us to constantly seek to ensure the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all our citizens.  

“The 4th of July is evidence that a grand experiment-an experiment in self-governance, in democracy, in the unwavering pursuit of liberty-can shape the world.  That experiment is alive and well today as we continue to do what our founders declared, ‘to form a more perfect union’.

“Before he died on the 50th anniversary of our independence, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, anticipated our celebration today, writing, ‘For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them’,” added Bernicat.

“Today I am happy to recall and to celebrate with you these rights and founding principles that have endured for 242 years-these universal rights and principles that, in many ways, connect our two countries and serve the common welfare of our citizens and the world,” said the US ambassador.