The Indian envoy also conveyed Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s greetings to his Bangladesh counterpart Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and all the Bangladeshis. In reply, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked and conveyed her regards to her Indian counterpart Mr. Narendra Modi.
During the meeting, Bangladesh Prime Minister reiterated that Bangladesh believes in the foreign policy adopted by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — “Friendship to all, malice to none.”
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude the contribution of India to our Great Liberation War in 1971 and also the post-war reconstruction of the newly independent Bangladesh. “As far as Bangladesh is concerned, all Indians are united in their voice,” HPM said, adding that it was exemplified during the ratification of historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in Indian parliament.
The Indian High Commissioner said that in order to establish a “Sonar Bangla” (Golden Bangladesh), as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Indians are willing to be a part of the move.
He also briefed the Bangladesh Prime Minister about the forthcoming programmes to celebrate ‘Mujib Barsho” and the 50 years of Independence of Bangladesh as well as establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring friendly countries.
Bangladesh Prime Minister appreciated these activities and assured of extending her government’s cooperation to this end.
Indian High Commissioner discussed with the Bangladesh Prime Minister the difficulties being faced by Bangladeshi nationals in obtaining Indian visas due to coronavirus pandemic. He informed HPM that 90 percent Indian visas of different categories have already been opened, while the remaining ones would be given, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Mr. Doraiswami also pointed out the ongoing process of supplying 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh through Seram Institute of India. In this connection, he expressed his government’s desire to increase the capacity of Bangladeshi health professionals for effective delivery of the COVID vaccines.
The Indian envoy put emphasis on enhancing interactions at business-to-business level between the two countries for mutual benefits. He expressed his country’s keenness to invest in Bangladesh’s food and agricultural sector to add value to its agricultural products.
Welcoming the new Indian High Commissioner, Bangladesh Prime Minister assured him of extending all kinds of support to discharge his duties.