Bangladesh-India ‘golden chapter’ to continue in next 50 years, Momen tells Modi



Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Friday told visiting Indian Premier Narendra Modi that Bangladesh would continue the existing excellent ‘golden chapter’ of bilateral relations between the two countries in next 50 years, reports BSS.

“I told him (Modi) that we (Bangladesh) do expect welfare of all people in the region in next 50 years,” the foreign minister said while briefing reporters after paying a courtesy call on the Indian prime minister at Sonargoan Hotel.

During the meeting, Momen said, they discussed various issues including celebrations of golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic ties.

Other issues that came up for discussion included Bangladesh’s graduation to developing country status from LDC, Covid-19 cooperation and connectivity.

Momen thanked the Indian government for honouring Bangabandhu by conferring him on the prestigious “Mahatma Gandhi Award”.

He said the Indian premier assured that Bangladesh would get the promised three crore Covid-19 vaccine doses in due time.

The foreign minister sought India’s strong support in resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis as the country became the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member.

Momen said he thanked the Indian premier for visiting Bangladesh at the critical time of Covid-19 pandemic to show respect to Bangabandhu and to join the celebration marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh independence.

In reply, Modi said Indian people believe Bangladesh’s victory is victory of India as well, Momen added.

The foreign minister said the Indian prime minister assured his country’s support to Bangladesh in its journey towards the highway of development.

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