The connection between India and Bangladesh has withstood the check of time and each international locations have charted a singular mannequin for regional cooperation that’s fairly unparalleled in South Asia, International Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla stated on Friday.
He stated each the international locations have been blessed with historical past, tradition, language and above all an ardent perception in freedom, justice and pluralism, and described the commonalities because the “bridge” to a way forward for peace and prosperity.
Mr Shringla was talking on the inaugural perform of the third Bangladesh movie competition in Kolkata.
“India and Bangladesh have collectively charted a singular mannequin for regional cooperation, fairly unparalleled in South Asia,” he stated.
“The India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship has withstood the check of time, and even because the world undergoes nice upheaval within the post-pandemic period, our relationship grows from energy to energy,” Mr Shringla stated.
The overseas secretary additionally talked about the sturdy exchanges that each side had in latest months together with his two visits to Dhaka, however the coronavirus pandemic.
“Cooperation is transferring ahead inexorably. Our prime minister is trying ahead to his go to to Dhaka,” he stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to journey to Dhaka in March. Bangladesh International Secretary Masud Bin Momen visited India final month to organize floor for Modi’s go to to that nation.
In his tackle, the overseas secretary referred to the historic bond between the 2 nations whereas delving into the Bangladesh liberation struggle.
“I say it with nice pleasure that the deep historic bond between our two nations has been etched in golden letters with the blood of our troopers. It was protected and preserved by the sheer dedication of our peoples,” he stated.
“It was the spirit of 1971 that helped free Bangladesh, it was the spirit of 1971 that spurred the India-Bangladesh relationship and it’s this identical spirit of 1971 that we recognise immediately as the muse of the connection for the years to come back,” Mr Shringla added.
Round 93,000 Pakistani troops had surrendered earlier than the joint forces of the Indian Military and the “Mukti Bahini” on December 16, 1971 that led to the beginning of Bangladesh.
The 12 months 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh, the 50th 12 months of bilateral diplomatic ties in addition to the beginning centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Mr Shringla stated the capturing of the biopic on “Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started final month in Mumbai.
“This 12 months would see a plethora of occasions in each our international locations in addition to in third international locations, and on the UN headquarters in New York, by way of which India and Bangladesh will collectively rejoice Mujib Barsho, rejoice the individuals of Bangladesh and their tireless wrestle for “Swadhinota” (freedom) and the golden anniversary of the India-Bangladesh relationship,” he stated.