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Maitri Diwas (India-Bangladesh Friendship Day)

 

Embassy of India and Embassy of Bangladesh in Doha jointly commemorated the Maitri Diwas (India-Bangladesh Friendship Day) to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh.

 

2. India was one of the first countries to recognise Bangladesh as a sovereign and independent country on 6 December 1971. During the State visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in 2021, both India and Bangladesh agreed to jointly commemorate 06 December as “Maitri Diwas” around the world. Commemorative events were carried out in 18 other countries (including Qatar) apart from India and Bangladesh.

 

3. During the event, Ambassador of India to Qatar, H.E. Dr Deepak Mittal said that Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 was the fight of the brave people of Bangladesh. He highlighted that bonds between India and Bangladesh have been forged in blood, replenished by shared history, culture and vibrant people-to-people ties. Ambassador Deepak Mittal also noted that a large number of the leaders of India’s independence have their ancestral homes in present-day Bangladesh. He further said that Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms Sheikh Hasina have elevated the India-Bangladesh relations to a “Shonali Adhyay”, a golden chapter.

 

4. Ambassador of Bangladesh to Qatar, H.E. Mr Md Jashim Uddin appreciated the support and cooperation of India during Bangladesh’s independence struggle in 1971. Ambassador Jahim Uddin said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has awarded the Friends of Bangladesh Award and the Bangladesh Liberation War Honor Award to the Indian personalities who supported the country’s liberation war in 1971. He added that Bangladesh was erecting a war memorial in Ashuganj in the memory of Indian soldiers and citizens Martyrs.

 

5. On the occasion of Maitri Diwas, community members from India and Bangladesh living in Doha showcased the common culture and traditions as well as the shared heritage of India and Bangladesh through cultural performances. The community members from both countries jointly sang in Bengali the verses written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wishing for the friendship between India and Bangladesh to remain a source of happiness and inspiration for the citizens of both countries.

 

6. Maitri Diwas was attended by the Director of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, H.E. Mr Yousef Sultan Larem, the diplomatic community in Doha and members of the Indian and Bangladeshi community. Distinguished guests from Qatar, including the President of the Alfardan Group, Mr Hussain Alfardan and the Chairman of the Al Darwish Group, Mr Yousuf Al Darwish, were also present at the event.

 

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