Modi invited to attend independence day celebration

Bangladesh has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the 50 years of the country’s independence celebration on March 26 in 2021.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen after his meeting with new Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami on Sunday said he has invited Narendra Modi on behalf of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and “they accepted the invitation in principle”.

 “Our victory is India's victory. We should celebrate together,” the foreign minister said, as Indian soldiers fought for Bangladesh in 1971.

“We will celebrate it not only in Bangladesh. We will celebrate it together in other capitals also. They agreed to do it,” Dr Momen said.

He also appreciated the new High Commissioner and said he knew him before.

“I was very happy when I saw that he has been assigned as the High Commissioner. I was very happy. He understands the sensitivity of Bangladesh. He knows our issues and appreciates that,” the foreign minister said.

Before March 26, the two prime ministers will meet in a virtual summit in December.

The foreign minister said they did not fix the date yet.

During the meeting, they also discussed the ways of implementing the decisions taken in the JCC between the two foreign ministers.

In particular, they discussed the implementation of the line of credits rolled out by India to Bangladesh.

They also discussed issues relating to border killing and ways to stop it. 

Dr Momen said the relations between the countries are “very good”. 

Referring to the resolving of land boundary issue and maritime dispute, he said Bangladesh is coming up with an example in the world in terms of resolving issues with neighbours peacefully through dialogue and discussions.

“This shows the maturity of leadership,” he said.