Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla today said, 2021 is a very special year for India-Bangladesh relations. He said, this year marks a ‘Triveni’- the Commemoration of Mujib Borsho, the 50th Anniversary of India-Bangladesh diplomatic ties and the Golden Jubilee of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the MoU on establishing Bangabandhu Chair at Delhi University, Mr Shringla said, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led a great battle for freedom. He said, whether one calls him Bangabandhu or the father of the nation, there is no doubt that one is referring to a very major historical figure who literally shaped the destiny of nations.
The Foreign Secretary said, Sheikh Mujib understood that Indians and Bangladeshis have a shared future and was a strong proponent of India-Bangladesh friendship and brotherly ties. He said, India and Bangladesh continue to attach a very special importance to their bilateral relations, marked by closeness, substance and understanding. He highlighted that two of the major pillars of Indian diplomacy, its Neighborhood First and Act East policies, find common ground in work with Bangladesh.
The Foreign Secretary pointed out that the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first foreign visit since the COVID pandemic has been to Dhaka speaks for itself.