President Kovind embarks on state visit to Bangladesh to attend 50th Victory Day Celebrations

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday embarked on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh to attend the country’s 50th Victory Day celebrations.

It is his first visit abroad since the pandemic

The visit, at the invitation of the President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, reflects the high priority attached to India-Bangladesh ties.

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted:

“A celebratory visit!

“President Ram Nath Kovind @rashtrapatibhvn

embarks on a State Visit to Bangladesh to attend the 50th Victory Day celebrations.

“President’s 1st visit abroad since the pandemic. Reflects the high priority attached to India-Bangladesh ties.”

The last presidential visit to Bangladesh from India was in 2013 by then president Pranab Mukherjee.

After reaching Dhaka, President Kovind would proceed to Savar, where he will pay tributes at the National Martyr’s Memorial, which honours the three million people killed by the Pakistani army and those who suffered and died during the 1971 liberation war period.

He will also visit the Bangabandhu Memorial museum to pay respect to the memory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh, and the father of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Later he will hold delegation level talks with the Bangladesh President, Abdul Hamid.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr AK Abdul Momen will call on President Kovind.

The Bangladesh President will host a banquet in his honour at Banga Bhavan, which is the residence of the Bangladesh President.

Tomorrow, President Kovind will attend the Victory Day Parade at the National Parade Ground as Guest of Honour.

The parade will include a 122 member tri services contingent from the Indian armed forces.

In the evening he will attend as Guest of Honour the Victory Day Reception hosted by the President of Bangladesh in their Parliament premises to mark the conclusion of the Mujib Borsho celebrations.

He will also interact with the Mukti Jodhhdas, those Bangladeshis who took up arms to free their country with the Indian armed forces, and also with a delegation of Indian veterans who are visiting Bangladesh.

He will also interact with a cross section of Bangladeshi society, and the Indian community there, and visit places of cultural and historical importance in Bangladesh.

He will depart for India on December 17.

“Bangladesh is a central pillar of our neighbourhood first policy and it is also a relationship where this policy intersects with elements of our Act East Policy,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.


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