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Strong Bangladesh contributes to NE India’s development: Junior Foreign Minister of India

Indian State Minister for External Affairs Raj Kumar Ranjan Singh has said the economic progress, peace and stability in Bangladesh is not only securing the interest of the people of Bangladesh, it is also playing important role in developing the North-eastern region of India.

He mentioned that the relationship between India-Bangladesh is passing a golden chapter. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovid have visited Bangladesh last year to celebrate birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and to mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh Victory Day respectively.

He also said Bangabandhu is not only the great hero of the independence of Bangladesh but he is considered as a hero in India.

Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi hoisted a reception on Monday evening to mark the 51st Independence Day of Bangladesh.

The High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Muhammad Imran and his wife Zakia Hasnat Imran welcomed the guests, where the State Minister for External Affairs Raj Kumar Ranjan Singh was the chief guest.

State Minister Meenakshi Lekhi of the same ministry was the special guest.

India-Bangladesh is no other, we share unique bond and history, culture and people to people contact, he mentioned in his speech.

He also said, they are proud to be partners in Bangladeshis stellar economic progress. Bangladesh is the largest development partner for India.

In his speech the High Commissioner said, over the last decade the relation between Bangladesh-India has reached a golden chapter having a comprehensive partnership covering all possible area of cooperation under the leadership of our able Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said the 9 months War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, not only ravaged the economy but also completely destroyed the physical infrastructure of the country. Bangabandhu is only the leader who reformed and rebuild the country with his farsightness and dynamic leadership during his three and half year regime.

The High commissioner said in the recent year Bangladesh-India have been working together to reestablish the old connectivity and to open new routes to connect the distant areas of India through Bangladesh. People to people contact between Bangladesh and India has increased manifold due to better connectivity and flexibility in visa regime of both sides.

The High Commissioner recalled with deep gratitude the contribution of the people of Government of India for their moral and material support during the liberation war and difficult days.

At the beginning of the programme, the Band of Bangladesh Air Force played the melody of the national anthem of musical instrument on the occasion of the Independence Day, the Mission also cut cake and organized a cultural programme.

The reception followed by dinner was attended by minimum 150 diplomats including High Commissioner and Ambassadors of different countries, military attaches, high government officials, war veterans, elites, journalists’ academics and friends of Bangladesh.

The chancery and the Bangladesh House, residence of the High Commissioner were illuminated.

Source: United News of Bangladesh