Bangladesh lauds ex-MP

FORMER Hughes MP, Les Johnson, was named a “special friend” of Bangladesh at the country’s 41st National Day celebrations in Canberra recently.
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Mr Johnson and his wife Marion were honoured for the support Mr Johnson gave the small country at the height of its struggle for independence in 1971.

At that time he was the only Australian parliamentarian present at an international conference in Delhi, India, called to discuss the crisis, and also visited refugee camps within the border of the disputed area.

He subsequently supported moves for emergency relief programs.

Bangladeshi High Commissioner, Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chodhury, thanked Mr Johnson for his important support in 1971.

He said that this support had symbolically linked Australia with the new nation of Bangladesh, which is now an emerging power in the subcontinent with significant trade ties to Australia.

In expressing his appreciation for being named a “special friend” of Bangladesh, Mr Johnson said he was proud of his participation in the conference, and the fact that the two countries had now established such a warm and friendly relationship.

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