Dhaka: On the last day (December 17, 2021) of his visit to Bangladesh, President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind attended the Indian Community and Friends of India Reception in Dhaka hosted by Shri Vikram K Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.
Addressing the assembly, the president said that just before this meeting, he had the privilege to inaugurate the renovated historic temple of Ramna Kaali in Dhaka.
He noted that the governments and people of Bangladesh and India have helped restore the temple which was demolished by Pakistani forces during the liberation war.
Large numbers of people were killed by the occupying forces. He said that this temple is a symbol of the spiritual and cultural ties between the people of India and Bangladesh.
The President said that Bangladesh holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. Ours is a unique and close relationship based on centuries-old ties of kinship, shared language and culture. Our bonds have been nurtured by the wise leadership of both countries.
The President said that upholding Bangladesh’s core values of a progressive, inclusive, democratic and harmonious society has been one of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s main contributions.
He assured that India would support a Bangladesh that embodies the values that emerge from the Liberation Movement of this country.
The President was pleased to note that the leaders of the two countries are aware that our growth trajectories are linked and that the sharing of resources and experiences is the mantra of sustainable development. He was also pleased to note that our two parties have made strong commitments to make our growth inclusive, sustainable and environmentally friendly. He said he saw huge potential in strengthening cooperation in the fields of green energy and clean technologies.
The president said that as a country that also shares land borders with Bhutan and Nepal, India recognizes that a well-connected and better integrated sub-region is important to achieve a better standard of living for our people and respond to their growth. and development aspirations. With this in mind, India remains committed to supporting Bangladesh on its journey towards a strong economy, partnering with Bangladesh as it moves towards greater prosperity. He also urged the business communities on both sides to seize this opportunity to strengthen trade and economic ties to new heights, especially between Bangladesh and the northeast region of India.
Appreciating the Indian community in Bangladesh, the President said they have made a mark in various sectors of importance in Bangladesh. While they have contributed to the economic and social development of Bangladesh, they have also cemented close and long-standing bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh. He said that the Indian community makes India proud by bringing prosperity to our region. In doing so, they also followed our country’s values and traditions, which are also part of our common heritage with Bangladesh.
The President declared that the safety, security, welfare and welfare of Indian citizens in all regions of the world is a priority for our government. All over the world, for a year and a half, the Government has made special efforts to allow our fellow citizens to return home during the worst phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the government will continue to take all necessary measures to strengthen our ties with our citizens abroad, as well as with our diaspora. He was happy to note that the Indian High Commission in Dhaka was at the forefront of our “Vande Bharat Mission” and other welfare activities for Indian citizens in distress.
The President declared that in this unique year, when we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Liberation War, the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu and the 50e anniversary of our friendship and the 75e anniversary of India’s independence, we must re-dedicate ourselves to making the dreams of the founding fathers of our nations come true. He said he was convinced that the bond forged by blood and sacrifice in 1971 would continue to unite our nations into the future.