Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bangladesh has remembered U.S. Senator Edward M Kennedy who died last week at the age of 77. Senator Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. on 29 August.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni signed a condolence book at the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Dhaka on Sunday, a U.S. embassy press statement said.

In her note she wrote: “You carved out a space in my mind during my childhood when you stood by us in our exercise of the right to self determination as a nation.”

Both Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Begum Khaleda Zia have offered their condolences to the Kennedy family and the people of the United States.

A condolence book has also been kept at the Archer K. Blood American Center Library at Banani in Dhaka for the people to sign.

Senator Kennedy was an early and vocal supporter of Bangladeshi independence. He visited refugee camps in West Bengal, India during the Liberation War in 1971 and became one of the first international leaders to visit Bangladesh after liberation.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-31August09-12:19 am (BST)