Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has said India wants Bangladesh to become more vibrant in social and economic development.
“India has a special relation with Bangladesh and it attaches highest priority in making that relationship stronger,” he said when the newly-appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran presented credentials to him (President of India).Imran presented the credentials at a colourful ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace) in India’s capital New Delhi on Tuesday.
The envoy was accompanied by his wife Dr. Zakia Hasnat Imran and senior officers of the mission, said a press release Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
A career diplomat Imran succeeds late Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali, whose five-year tenure as Bangladesh high commissioner to India expired last month.
Welcoming the new envoy, President Kovind said India is happy to be a partner of Bangladesh in the joint celebrations of birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation and 50 years of establishing diplomatic ties.
He fondly remembered late Ambassador Syed Muazzem Ali describing him as a good friend of India and true patriot of Bangladesh.
The Indian President also conveyed his regards to Bangladesh President Md. Abdul Hamid.In his reply, the new High Commissioner conveyed greetings from Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Imran takes up his India assignment after serving Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates for about seven years. He belongs to the 1986 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre.
Imran has also served as Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He has worked in various capacities at Bangladesh Missions in Jeddah, Bonn, Berlin, and Ottawa as well as Deputy High Commissioner at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.