External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar met Bangladesh Prime
Minister M. Sheikh Hasina on the 4 th of March during his official visit to Dhaka. Dr.
Jaishankar was a day-long visit to prepare the ground for Prime Minister Modi's visit to
Bangladesh later this month to participate in the celebrations of 50th anniversary of
Bangladesh's Independence and 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations.
This would the Prime Minister Modi’s first overseas visit since the outbreak of the
COVID-19 pandemic last year.
According to officials at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Dr. Jaishankar called on
the Bangladeshi Prime Minister at Ganobhaban, the official residence of the Prime
Minister of Bangladesh.
In gesture of that conveyed deep emotional and historic ties that the two countries
shared having fought the Bangladesh Liberation War together 50 years ago, the Indian
External Affairs Minister presented the Bangladeshi Prime Minister with with two books
on Bangladesh written by his late father K Subrahmanyam, one of India’s foremost
international affairs analyst and strategic thinker.
“These are amongst the first books written on Bangladesh in early 1972. He would’ve
been proud to see Bangladesh’s remarkable progress,” Jaishankar said in another
tweet that has been widely shared on social media.
Prime Minister Hasine too reciprocated the EAM’s gesture by presenting him seven
volumes of pre-independence period Secret Documents of the Pakistani Intelligence
Branch. Documents that could be pricelss for Indian academics and historians
Dr. Jaishankar also met with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen. During
his meeting with Momen, the EAM held wide-ranging discussions on ways to take
forward the bilateral relations.
At a joint press conference following the meeting, Foreign Minister Momen said: “I
would also like to express our admiration and pride, as your closest neighbour and
friend. We are very pleased that Prime Minister Modi will join us for the Mujib
Borsho celebrations as well as the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and
50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations. This is a landmark year for our two
countries. We discussed some of the important activities that we plan to undertake
jointly to celebrate these historic occasions.”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned visit to Dhaka later this month will surely be a
very memorable one,” said Dr. Jaishankar, and he described India’s strategic ties with
Bangladesh as a truly “360 degree partnership”. “May all your dreams come true and I
can assure you that India will always be there by your side, as a reliable friend.” He also
tweeted,”Our relationship is so broad & our comfort level so high that there is no domain
today that is left untouched. It is a truly a 360 degree partnership.”