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Looking forward to working with India in 50 yrs and beyond

Hasina writes to Modi

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 27 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Looking forward to working with India in 50 yrs and beyond

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh is keen to work with India in the next 50 years and beyond towards realising the shared vision of building a peaceful and prosperous region.

The Bangladesh premier expressed the eagerness in a letter to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the 73rd Republic Day of India.

Sheikh Hasina said the year 2021 was a “historic one” for the Bangladesh-India relationship marked by celebrations of “epochal” events and engagements at the highest levels.

"On behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I extend the warmest wishes and heartiest felicitations to you and the people of India on the auspicious occasion of the Republic Day of India," she said.

The Bangladesh PM said the unique ties of close friendship, cooperation and trust between the two countries have flourished and grown from strength to strength in recent years.

Many new frontiers of cooperation alongside all traditional areas have been identified, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, she said.

"We look forward to working with India in the next fifty years and beyond towards realising the shared vision of building a peaceful and prosperous region," Sheikh Hasina said.

The premier further said she "thankfully" recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in March 2021 to join the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's Independence, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and India.

“Your gracious presence on these occasions had added extra enthusiasm to the celebrations and allowed us to further consolidate our excellent bilateral relations, which so happily exist between our two countries," she wrote in the letter.

Sheikh Hasina said she recalled with gratitude the support rendered by the government and the people of India during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971 and said this set the foundation of "our unique relationship."

“The joint celebrations of ‘Moitri Dibosh' held across the globe on December 6, the day when India recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign and independent country in 1971, projected this special relationship," the letter letters.