Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Friday said Bangladesh will soon honour over 380 Indian soldiers who died during the 1971 War of Independence.
‘The Bangladesh government has taken all-out preparation to honour 380 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the country’s 1971 war. They will be honoured soon,’ he said at a discussion in the capital.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh would gradually honour all the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the war.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee arranged the discussion at Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum, commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations.
Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee president Shahriar Kabir, ‘Friend of Liberation War’ Julian Francis and human rights activist Aroma Dutta addressed the discussion, among others.
Nirmul Committee adviser AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik chaired it.
Momen said India had given shelter to over one crore people during the Bangladesh War of Independence and it also trained up freedom fighters so that they could fight against the Pakistani occupational forces.
He said it cannot be forgotten that as many as 17,000 Indian soldiers had embraced martyrdom in the 1971 war.
Momen expressed his optimism that the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India will further strengthen in the coming days.
The Indian high commissioner said a friendly relationship was built between Bangladesh and India through the war.
She said the relations will remain intact and strengthen further in coming days for the economic development of the two neighbouring countries.
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