Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pranay Verma on Tuesday reiterated that India attaches highest priority to its relationship with Bangladesh, saying it will always stand ready to walk together with the people of Bangladesh on the road to greater prosperity and success.
Addressing a reception marking the 51st anniversary of Maitri Diwas (Friendship Day), Verma highlighted the significance of the day as an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past 51 years of India-Bangladesh partnership and the promise for the future. The High Commission of India celebrated the 51st anniversary of Maitri Diwas in Dhaka on December 6. It is on this day in 1971 that India recognized an independent and sovereign Bangladesh, ten days before Bangladesh’s liberation.
Addressing the gathering, Pranay Verma described India-Bangladesh friendship as rooted in the shared sacrifices of 1971 and fostered by strong ties of history, language and culture.
Noting that both the countries have made important achievements in the last 50 years, he emphasized that they must now ensure that their future generations understand this history and preserve the legacy of 1971.
Reaffirming the shared commitment of both countries to further strengthen their close friendship which is founded on shared values, culture and ethos, and based on mutual trust, respect and understanding; the celebrations concluded with colourful performances by Indian and Bangladeshi cultural troupes.
It may be mentioned that the decision to mark December 6 as Maitri Diwas was taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021.
A good number of freedom fighters as well as senior representatives from the Government of Bangladesh, leaders of business and industry, media, academia and civil society also joined the celebrations held at the KurmitolaGolf Club, Dhaka Cantonment.