Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid on Thursday said Bangladesh attaches great importance with India as its most trusted neighbour.
“Both the countries share common social and cultural values and these need to be further encouraged with sustained interaction. This will facilitate sustainable peace and progress in the region,” President Hamid said in Guwahati.
Acknowledging the cooperation and help extended by the Indian Government and the people of the country to the Bangladesh War of Liberation, the President specifically recalled his days in Assam and Meghalaya during those tumultuous times.
Hamid also referred to the shelter offered to around one million people who took refuse in the 45 camps set up in the erstwhile Assam.
Lauding the present state government in initiating various development projects, President Hamid stressed that the connectivity projects undertaken by both the governments of India and Bangladesh for progress and prosperity of both the nations.
He opined that these initiatives would be the cornerstones of the vibrant relation between these two great neighbouring countries.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the relationship of Assam with Bangladesh is of great importance.
“The bond that the people of Assam share with Bangladesh is very unique. It is a special relationship rooted in common culture, heritage, literature and language,” Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister further appreciated the cooperation extended by the Government of Bangladesh to the Government of India in marginalizing the insurgency activities in the Northeast.