Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

The 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh is likely to witness a large number of bilateral activities with India.

This was stated by Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

“We’re happy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the celebrations of the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh on March 26 next year,” Momen said.

Momen also informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina will also meet for a virtual summit in December.

Speaking at a webinar on “India’s Contribution to the Liberation War of Bangladesh”, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister said, “The creation of Bangladesh was a triumph of the innate democratic ideals and resolve of the people who delivered tears, toils and blood in pursuit of a homeland in which they could speak their own language, nurture their culture and lead a life in dignity — free from the spectre of extremism and exploitation.”

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“We carried through the battlefield an eternal dream of universal liberty, pluralism, religious harmony, human rights and a democratic and egalitarian society, not only for our own selves but also for the rest of the world,” said the Foreign Minister.

Momen said that the saga of Great Liberation War was, by its enormity, a triumph for the ‘free world’ and democracy.

He thanked India for its support to Bangladesh in 1971 and looked forward to walking together for a better tomorrow.

“India is our historic time-trusted friends. We’re tied with civilisational, cultural, social and economic bonds,” he said.

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He said the two nations share a common history, linguistic and cultural heritage.

“This unity is reflected in multidimensional and expanding relations,” Momen said.

It was on December 16, 1971 that Pakistan Army surrendered to the Joint Forces of India and Bangladesh, thus paving way for establishment of a free nation – Bangladesh.

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