India gives top priority to alliance with Bangladesh: Pranay Verma
Dhaka, December 7: Pranay Verma, the Indian High Commissioner appointed in Dhaka, said that India gives the highest priority in terms of friendship with Bangladesh. Mentioning the important achievements of both the countries in the past 50 years, he stressed on the future generations of both countries to understand the history of 1971 and keep the tradition intact.
The Indian High Commissioner said that India gives the highest priority in terms of friendship with Bangladesh. India will always be ready to walk together with the people of Bangladesh on the path of greater prosperity and success. He said these things in a speech delivered at the 51st anniversary celebration of Friendship Day in Dhaka on Tuesday (December 6).
On this day in 1971, 10 days before the independence of Bangladesh, India recognized Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign state. Then, during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka in March last year, he and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to observe December 6 as Friendship Day. The Indian High Commission organized a reception and musical evening in Dhaka to celebrate the day.
On the occasion, the Indian High Commissioner highlighted the significance of the day as an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the Bangladesh-India partnership over the past 51 years and future commitments. He described the friendship between the two countries as rooted in the joint sacrifice of 1971 and nurtured by strong bonds of history, language and culture.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was present as the chief guest in the event. Apart from numerous freedom fighters, senior officials of Bangladesh government, businessmen and industry leaders, media workers, academics and representatives of civil society attended the event.
The Friendship Day program ended with a colorful performance by Bangladeshi and Indian cultural groups, reaffirming the commitment of both countries to further strengthen this close friendship founded on the harmony of bilateral values, culture and principles and based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.