Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will continue working with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to further expand and deepen the bilateral ties as the two countries commemorated 'Maitree Dibas' (Friendship Day) on Monday.
“Today India and Bangladesh commemorate Maitri Diwas. We jointly recall and celebrate the foundations of our 50 years of friendship. I look forward to continue working with PM Sheikh Hasina to further expand and deepen our ties,” he tweeted.
During Modi's visit to Dhaka in March last to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Prime Ministers of both the countries decided to celebrate the day as ‘Maitree Dibas’.
The day was jointly commemorated in the capitals of 18 selected countries -- Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the UAE, the USA, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore and the UK -- in addition to the celebrations in Bangladesh and India by their respective diplomatic missions.
Bhutan and India recognised Bangladesh on December 6 in 1971, 10 days before its liberation. India was one of the first countries to establish bilateral diplomatic ties with Bangladesh.