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‘Maitree Dibas’ celebrated in Bangladesh, India missions abroad

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 8 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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As a part of the joint commemoration of the historic ‘Maitree Dibas’ in 18 foreign capitals, more Bangladesh and India’s missions abroad held grand celebration of Friendship Day on December 6, the historic day when India, as the second country, recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign and independent state in 1971 after Bhutan.

The Friendship Day was jointly commemorated in the capitals of Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, USA, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore and UK, in addition to the celebrations in Bangladesh and India by the respective diplomatic Missions of the two countries.

The celebration of Friendship Day coincides with Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence and 50th anniversary of Bangladesh-India friendship.

According to press release received on Tuesday from Washington DC, Canberra, Paris, Geneva, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Riyadh, Brussels, Doha, Bangkok said the embassies and high commissions of Bangladesh and India celebrated the Day through elaborate programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, the top diplomats and dignitaries from the host countries commented that the joint celebration of Friendship Day is the reflection of the will of the people and the leadership of India and Bangladesh to work together for the next fifty years and beyond towards attaining a vision of shared prosperity and development.

At a reception in Washington DC, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Kelly Keiderling in her speech said that her country greatly values its partnerships with Bangladesh and India and the two countries will largely drive future growth and prosperity of the South Asia region.

A press release from Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, Australia said Moitree Dibosh and Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh was jointly observed by Bangladesh High Commission and Indian High Commission in Canberra on December 6

 Speaking at a reception in Geneva, Bangladesh Ambassador M Mustafizur Rahman said ‘Bangladesh and India are trusted friends who are committed to working together for the betterment of the people of both countries.’