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Bangladesh-India will be involved in more bilateral activities, says AK Abdul Momen India-Bangladesh

Bangladesh-India will be involved in more bilateral activities, says AK Abdul Momen

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 08 Dec 2020, 12:32 pm

Dhaka, December 8: Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said that in 2021 on the occasion of the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh, Dhaka and New Delhi will be involved in more bilateral activities.

He was speaking at a webinar titled 'India's Contribution to Bangladesh's Liberation War' on Sunday when he made the comments.

"Many bilateral activities between India and Bangladesh can be witnessed on the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence," he said.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami, Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, Educationist Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, Freedom Fighter and Freedom Medal winner Colonel (retd) Sajjad Zaheer, eminent human rights activist Julian Francis and social activist Aroma Dutta addressed the virtual discussion.

Dr. Momen said, "The prime ministers of both India and Bangladesh will hold a virtual meeting in December to celebrate our Victory Day. We are happy to know that the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will take part in the celebration of the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh on March 26, 2021."

The Foreign Minister further said, “Bangladesh and India have the same history, language and cultural heritage. This unity is reflected in the multidimensional and expanding relationship between us."

"India is our historically tested friend," he said. "We are bound by civilization, culture, social and economic ties. Our great liberation war was a great victory for the 'free world' and democracy."

"We took up arms not only for our own liberation, but also for the universal liberation, pluralism, religious harmony, human rights and the dream of building a democratic and non-discriminatory society," ​​Momen said.

The Foreign Minister said that Bengalis are a heroic and victorious clan. "We have achieved our freedom in exchange for the blood of millions of martyrs. Such a country cannot lag behind in the world."

The Foreign Minister further said, “During the War of Liberation, the Government of India organised the Mukti Bahini with arms and training and built it as a skilled force. Besides, the Indian government has given us all kinds of help and cooperation.

He said, "Many Indian soldiers and young men gave their lives to fight for us in the war of liberation. Their blood is mixed in the soil of independent Bangladesh. We will never forget their sacrifice. "

He said Bangladesh has continued to make progress on the development highway under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.