Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Prannoy Verma has said that India will stand by the people of Bangladesh in the future to realize the dream of a stable and prosperous country. He said this at a reception organized on the occasion of Friendship Day on Wednesday.
The Indian High Commissioner mentioned December 6 as a very important date. According to him, this day is the starting point of today’s India-Bangladesh friendly relations.
Prannoy Verma also said that the two countries observe December 6 as ‘Maitri Diwas’ or ‘Friendship Day’ to highlight the emotional bond arising from the ‘priceless contribution of the Indian government and people’ in the Bangladesh independence war. The celebration of Friendship Day is a reflection of the deep and enduring friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh.
The Indian High Commissioner said that this day is unique in the history of Bangladesh-India relations. He said it was the beginning of a partnership that is now seen as multifaceted and the relationship goes beyond strategic partners.
Prannoy Verma said the two countries are more than strategic partners. It is a day to remember and pay tribute to the martyrs.
Pointing out that the relationship between the two countries has come a long way, Prannoy Verma said, ‘Today it is a multifaceted relationship, which is adding new momentum to us. Both countries are developing new connections in all fields. With greater hope and greater optimism the opportunity is truly endless.’
The High Commissioner said that they have set up a Liberation War Gallery at the Indian Cultural Center to attract the youth about the history and legacy of the two countries.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh in March 2021 on the occasion of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence. During that visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to observe December 6 every year as Bangladesh-India Friendship Day.
India recognized Bangladesh on December 6, 1971, 10 days before Bangladesh’s independence. India is one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic relations with Bangladesh.
In 2021, apart from Dhaka and Delhi, the day is celebrated in 18 countries of the world. The countries are Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, UK, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and USA.
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