Narendra Modi embarks on two-day Bangladesh visit aimed at ‘furthering cooperation’

On his first foreign trip since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi said he will hold ‘substantiative discussions’ with Sheikh Hasina

Press Trust of India March 26, 2021 10:13:34 IST
Narendra Modi embarks on two-day Bangladesh visit aimed at ‘furthering cooperation’

Narendra Modi boards the aircraft ahead of his Bangladesh visit. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@PMOIndia

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Bangladesh on Friday on a two-day visit during which he will take part in a wide range of programmes aimed at furthering cooperation between the two countries.

"PM @narendramodi emplanes for Dhaka. During his Bangladesh visit he will take part in a wide range of programmes aimed at furthering cooperation with our friendly neighbour," the PMO tweeted, sharing a picture of Modi boarding the aircraft.

The prime minister had on Thursday said he will hold substantive discussions with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during the visit, as he expressed happiness that his first foreign tour after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic will be to a friendly neighbouring country with which India shares deep ties.

Modi has said that the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 deprived the region of the destiny that could and should have been "ours to share" as he asserted that it was time to once again chart a bold ambition for partnership between India and Bangladesh.

In an opinion piece titled 'Imagining a different South Asia with Bangabandhu' published in The Daily Star newspaper on Friday, Modi promised that India will remain Bangladesh's partner as they jointly march towards the golden future for which Bangabandhu, and millions of patriotic Bangladeshis, and indeed thousands of Indians, gave their all.

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