Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo- PIB)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bangladesh to participate in the National Day celebrations today, which will also commemorate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Ahead of his visit, PM Modi on Thursday said, “I will be visiting Bangladesh on 26-27 March 2021, at the invitation of Her Excellency Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
He added that he was happy that his first foreign visit after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic will be to a friendly neighbouring country, with which India shares deep cultural, linguistic and people-to-people ties.
“I look forward to my participation at the National Day celebrations tomorrow, which will also commemorate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
Bangabandhu was one of the tallest leaders of the last Century, whose life and ideals continue to inspire millions. I look forward to visiting Bangabandhu’s Samadhi in Tungipara to pay my respects to his memory, PM Modi said.
He will also be offering prayers to Goddess Kali at the ancient Jashoreshwari Kali Temple, one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in the Puranic tradition.
I am particularly looking forward to my interaction with representatives of the Matua community at Orakandi, from where Sri SriHarichandra Thakur ji disseminated his pious message, the PM said.
During his visit, the PM will meet his Bangladeshi counterpart, Bangladesh President and other leaders.
I will be having substantive discussions with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, following our very productive virtual meeting in December last year. I also look forward to my meeting with His Excellency President Abdul Hamid, and to interactions with other Bangladeshi dignitaries, the PM said.
My visit will not only be an occasion to convey appreciation for Bangladesh’s remarkable economic and developmental strides under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership, but also to commit India’s abiding support for these achievements, PM Modi said, adding that he will also express India’s support and solidarity for Bangladesh’s fight against COVID-19. (PR)