Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh looks forward to working together with India in the next 50 years and beyond towards realizing the shared vision of building a peaceful and prosperous region.
"The year-2021 was a historic one for the Bangladesh-India relationship, marked by celebrations of epochal events and engagements at the highest levels," she said in a message to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the occasion of the Republic Day of India, BSS reports.On behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh and on herself, Sheikh Hasina extended her warmest wishes and heartiest felicitations to Indian Premier and the people of India on the auspicious occasion of the Republic Day of India.
The Bangladesh premier thankfully recalled Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in March 2021 to join the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, the Birth Centenary Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and India. "Your gracious presence on these occasions had added extra enthusiasm to the celebrations and allowed us to further consolidate our excellent bilateral relations, which so happily exist between the two countries," she added.
Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude the support rendered by the Government and the People of India during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971 that set the foundation of unique relationship between the two countries.She mentioned that the joint celebration of "Moitri Dibosh, 'across the globe, held on 6th December, the day when India recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign and independent State in 1971, projected this special relationship.
The unique ties of close friendship, cooperation, and trust between our two countries have flourished and grown from strength to strength in recent years, she said, adding that many new frontiers of cooperation alongside all traditional areas have been identified, particularly during the Covid - 19 pandemic."Let this joyous occasion be a special one, as India is also celebrating 'Azadika Amrit Mahotsav' to mark 75 years of her independence," she added.