Indian President’s upcoming visit reflects high priority for bilateral ties, ministry says


06, 2021, 17:15:07

| Update: 06, 2021, 6:05 p.m.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s upcoming state visit to Bangladesh on the occasion of historic Victory Day reflects the high priority the two countries attach to bilateral ties, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday ( MEA).

“It also reaffirms the common will of the two countries to consolidate and further strengthen the multifaceted and irreversible partnership, based on historical and cultural ties, mutual trust and understanding,” MEA said in a statement officially announcing the visit of State of the Indian President in Bangladesh. from December 15 to 17.

Kovind will attend the 50th Victory Day celebrations in Bangladesh during the visit at the invitation of President Abdul Hamid, UNB reports.

The Indian President will hold a delegation-level meeting with President Hamid. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also meet with the President. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will also appeal to him.

Previously, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to Bangladesh from March 26-27, 2021 to join the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence, the centenary of the birth of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh is a major pillar of India’s neighborhood first policy,†MEA said.

Bangladesh and India share progressive, comprehensive and substantial cooperation in various fields ranging from security, border management and defense, water resources, trade, transport and connectivity, health, culture and interpersonal relations, energy and electricity to partnership and sub-regional cooperation. The two countries have worked closely together to address challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

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