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India-Bangladesh to jointly celebrate Maitri Diwas in 18 countries on Dec 6

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  • 2nd December, 2021 10:18:56 PM
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India-Bangladesh to jointly celebrate Maitri Diwas in 18 countries on Dec 6

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Bangladesh and India will jointly commemorate "Maitri Diwas" (Friendship Day) in 18 countries on December 6.

Ten days before the liberation of Bangladesh, India had recognised Bangladesh on December 6 in 1971.

India was also one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh.

The decision to commemorate 06 December as Maitri Diwas (Friendship Day) jointly was taken during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021, during which Modi attended the Golden Jubilee celebration of Independence of Bangladesh and birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Maitri Diwas is being commemorated in 18 countries around the world apart from in Dhaka and Delhi.

These countries are Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, UK, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE and USA.

The holding of Maitri Diwas is a reflection of the deep and abiding friendship between the peoples of India and Bangladesh that has been forged in blood and shared sacrifices.

In New Delhi, the Indian Council of World Affairs is scheduled to organise a special event on December 6, which is expected to see participation from India and Bangladesh, said Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry of India.

"I want to emphasise that the holding of 'Maitri Divas' is a reflection of the deep and abiding friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh that have been forged in blood and shared sacrifices," he said during the weekly media briefing in New Delhi.