President Abdul Hamid on Thursday underscored the need for play an effective role by all in further strengthening the existing communal harmony of the country.
"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. The people of the country have been tied with love and harmony from the time immemorial. All will have to play an effective role in further strengthening the tradition of this existing harmony," he said.
Abdul Hamid said this while talking to the media while exchange greetings with members of the Christian community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Christmas Day.
President's wife Rashida Khanom was present.
Abdul Hamid called upon all to work together with a view to building Bangladesh as a happy, prosperous and a secular country.
The President said the role of Christian community in Bangladesh for the development of society, including in the field of education, and serve humanity is praiseworthy.
Archbishop of Bangladesh Patrick D Rozario, ambassadors and representatives from different foreign missions, distinguished persons of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals joined the reception.
A group of singers performed the Christmas carol at the reception. Later, President Abdul Hamid cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman and State Minister for Social Welfare Promode Mankin were present on the occasion.