PM Modi on a two-day visit to Bangladesh
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka for his visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This is the historic visit to celebrate Mujib Borsho- the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman; 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh; and 50 years of Bangladesh’s war of liberation.
In a special gesture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Ministers from her cabinet welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. A salute of 19 guns and Guard of honour were accorded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The PM, soon after his arrival on a two-day visit to Bangladesh visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial (Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho), the National monument of Bangladesh to pay tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka and was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.
Prime Minister also planted sapling of Arjun tree at the memorial premises and signed the visitor’s book in the monument. He wrote – “I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remains a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression.”
Prime Minister Modi met the community leaders including Representatives of Minorities in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi Mukhtijoddhas, Friends of India and Youth Icons. He also met political leaders from 14 Party Alliance along with the Convener. Discussions centred on diverse issues of bilateral relations were held during the meeting to strengthen ties between the two nations.
The PM met and interacted with opposition leaders from various political parties of Bangladesh. The engagement involved discussions on wide gamut of issues pertaining to the two countries’ bilateral relations.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen called on Prime Minister Modi. Both the leaders reflected on deepening the fraternal ties and strengthening the all-encompassing partnership based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that transcends a strategic partnership between the two countries.