Excited Bengalis gave an ecstatic welcome to Senator Edward Kennedy when he arrived at Dacca Airport from Calcutta on Monday (Feb 14).
Excited Bengalis gave an ecstatic welcome to Senator Edward Kennedy when he arrived at Dacca Airport from Calcutta on Monday (Feb 14). The U.S. Senator is in Bangladesh for a two-day visit at the invitation of the Government. He told newsmen he wanted to find how American people could help the new country.
SYNOPSIS: The arrival in Bangladesh on Monday of Senator Edward Kennedy generated scenes of wild excitement.
Accompanied by his wife Joan, the U.S. Senator was greeted by frenzied cries of "Joi Bangla" - Victory to Bengal - and "Joi Kennedy".
Senator Kennedy told the crowds that the people of America were with them in recent months, even though the U.S. Government was not. Because of the crowd's excitement the formal airport reception was dropped.
At the University, scene of large-scale killings during the battle with pakistan Government forces, 6-thousand students gave the Kennedy's an even bigger welcome.
The Senator heard student leaders denouncing the American government and its policies, but praising the American people and Mr Kennedy in particular. He told them: Some Governments don't recognise you, but the people of the world do.
Senator Kennedy was in Bangladesh for two days. He told newsmen he brought to the Bengalis the support of the American people, and wanted to know how Bangladesh could best be helped.