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Bangladesh invites Modi to join Independence Day celebration

| Updated: October 18, 2020 22:50:53


Bangladesh invites Modi to join Independence Day celebration

Bangladesh has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Bangladesh on March 26 in person to jointly celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh.

"We have invited him and they (Indian government) agreed in principle," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters after his meeting with Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami on Sunday, reports UNB.

There will be a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi either on December 16 or 17.

"Our victory is India's victory. We should celebrate together," said the foreign minister.

Earlier, Doraiswami assured that the planned virtual summit in December between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is not being seen as a substitute for an in-person visit by Prime Minister Modi.

It will rather be a complementary summit, he said during his meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.

Dr Momen said they had a very good meeting with the Indian high commissioner. The two sides discussed the smooth implementation of projects under the Line of Credit (LoC).

The minister said they also discussed issues relating to border killing and ways to stop it addressing issues on both sides of the border.

The foreign minister said the relations between Bangladesh and India are very good and Bangladesh is coming up with an example in the world in terms of resolving issues with neighbours peacefully through dialogue and discussions. 

He referred to resolving land and maritime boundaries with India and Myanmar. "This shows the maturity of leadership."

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