All is set for observing 'Maitri Diwas’ or Friendship Day in New Delhi tomorrow to commemorate India’s recognition to Bangladesh as an independent state and the 50th anniversary of establishment of Bangladesh-India diplomatic ties.
The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), a subsidiary organisation of Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh KM Khalid, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran and ICWA Director General Ambassador Vijay Thakur Singh will spoke on the occasion.
Later, a panel discussion will be held with former High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Rajeet Mitter in the chair.
Former Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, MP, Sabyasachi Dutta, executive director of Asian Confluence and Dipanjan Roy Chowdhury, diplomatic affairs editor of Economic Times, will be the panel discussants.
Apart from Dhaka and New Delhi, the day would be commemorated in 18 countries around the world. The countries are - Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, UK, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE and the USA.
“The holding of 'Maitri Diwas’ (Friendship day) 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,” Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said recently.
Dhaka and New Delhi decided to jointly observe 'Maitri Diwas’ during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Dhaka visit in March 2021 to attend the national day of Bangladesh.