Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the two milestones next year would take the development of Bangladesh and India to a new height strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries, noting that the life of Mujib gives a great message to the world of 21st century.
‘A new dimension has been added to our relations through Friendship Pipeline. Be it road, rail, air, waterway or internet, our cooperation in several sectors is connecting the people of our two countries even more,’ he said in a video message marking the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Next year will be 50 years of Bangladesh’s liberation and the year 2022 will be the 75th anniversary of India’s independence which Modi termed two milestones in the bilateral relations.
The Indian prime minister said their heritage comes from intellectuals like Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Ustad Alauddin Khan, Lalon Shah, Jibanananda Das and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.
‘Legacy and inspiration of Bangabandhu has made our heritage more comprehensive,’ he said.
Modi said India had always been attached to his ideals and values.
‘Deep-rooted relations between India and Bangladesh have been laid on the foundation of this shared heritage. This heritage of ours, deep rooted bond, path shown by Bangabandhu are the strong foundation of Partnership, Progress and Prosperity of the two countries in this decade as well,’ said the Indian prime minister.
Earlier, Narendra Modi on his twitter page on Tuesday paid tribute to Sheikh Mujib on the birth anniversary.
‘He is remembered for his courage and indelible contribution to Bangladesh’s progress,’ Modi said in the message.
‘This evening, via video link, will address Bangabandhu’s 100th Birth Anniversary celebrations being held in Bangladesh,’ he added.
Modi, who was set to join the birth centenary celebration inauguration programme as the chief guest in Dhaka, rescheduled his visit amidst coronavirus fear.
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