Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali today hoped the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India would deepen further through Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's proposed visit to New Delhi in the current month of December.
"It is expected that fruitful discussions will take place over issues of bilateral interest and adopting new initiatives to take the relations forward (during the visit)," he said speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting in the city marking the 45th anniversary of recognition to independent Bangladesh by India in 1971.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee organized the discussion meeting at ACIRDAP auditorium with the organization's Adviser Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik in the chair.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla attended the meeting as the specil guest.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Acting President Shahriar Kabir presented a keynote speech Liberation War Sector Commander Col (Retd) Abu Osman Chowdhury, Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) Helal Morshed Khan, Prof. Muntasir Mamun, Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta, Dr. Nuzhat Chowdhury took part in the discussion.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh and India would have to work together with a view to facing the possible challenges and build a joint prosperous future.
He hoped that an environment of compassion and cooperation that had developed between the two countries in 1971continues till date.
Mahmud Ali expressed his firm conviction that Bangladesh would turn into a 'middle income country' by 2021 and 'developed country' by 2041under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, materializing Bangabandhu's dream of a Sonar Bangla.
The foreign minister said December 6 is a significant day to Bangladesh as its nearest neighbor India recognized the country's sovereignty on this day in 1971.
On this auspicious day, he paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, all local and foreign people who took part in the Liberation War.
He appreciated the cooperating of India during the Liberation War in response to the call of Bangabandhu and said the participation of India in the war had expedited the liberation of Bangladesh.
In his keynote speech, Shahriar Kabir said Bangladesh and India can do a lot, in both government and non-government levels, in the question of regional security in South Asia.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)