New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will embark on a two-day visit to Bangladesh tomorrow, has said that he will commit India’s abiding support to the neighbouring country for economic and developmental achievements, besides support and solidarity for Dhaka’s fight against COVID-19.
PM Modi will be visiting Bangladesh on March 26-27 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join the celebrations to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the country’s liberation from Pakistan.
“My visit will not only be an occasion to convey appreciation for Bangladesh’s remarkable economic and developmental strides under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership, but also to commit India’s abiding support for these achievements. I will also express India’s support and solidarity for Bangladesh’s fight against COVID-19,” PM Modi said in his departure statement ahead of his visit to Bangladesh.
“I am happy that my first foreign visit after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic will be to our friendly neighbouring country, with which India shares deep cultural, linguistic and people-to-people ties,” he said.
PM Modi will also participate in the birth centenary celebrations of Bangladesh’s founder and Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, who is popularly known as ‘Bangabandhu’. “I look forward to visiting Bangabandhu’s Samadhi in Tungipara to pay my respects to his memory,” he said.
During his visit, Modi would also also be offering prayers to Goddess Kali at the ancient Jashoreshwari Kali Temple, one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in the Puranic tradition.
“I am particularly looking forward to my interaction with representatives of the Matua community at Orakandi, from where Sri Sri Harichandra Thakur ji disseminated his pious message,” he said.
In the departure statement, PM said that he will be having substantive discussions with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, following a virtual meeting between the two leaders in December last year.
PM said that he also looks forward to his meeting with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, and to interactions with other Bangladeshi dignitaries, during the visit.