The Prime Minister may visit Dhaka on the occasion of Bangladesh's Independence day next year in March

Maintaining that Bangladesh’s victory is India’s victory, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Dhaka in person to jointly celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh on March 26. The invitation has been accepted by India.

“We’ve invited him and they accepted the invitation in principle,” the Bangladesh Foreign Minister said after his meeting with High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami, according to a report in Bangladesh daily New Age Bangladesh.

Next year, Bangladesh will celebrate its golden jubilee year of independence from Pakistan, which was achieved with the help of the Indian army.

“Our victory is India’s victory. We should celebrate together,” Momen said.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the smooth implementation of projects under the Line of Credit. Momen said that they also discussed issues relating to border killing and ways to stop it addressing issues on both sides of the border.

“HC Sh. Vikram Doraiswami (@VDoraiswami) called on Hon'ble Minister of Foreign Affairs, Govt of #Bangladesh, H.E. Dr. AKA Momen, today, 18/10/2020. Reaffirming the strength of ever-growing bilateral relations, Hon'ble FM wished HC a successful tenure,” the official handle of the Indian embassy in Bangladesh tweeted.

Appreciating the India-Bangladesh ties, the Bangladesh foreign minister said that the relations between Bangladesh and India were very good and Bangladesh was coming up with an example in the world in terms of resolving issues with neighbors peacefully through dialogue and discussions.

A virtual meeting between PM Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina is scheduled in mid-December. Doraiswami recently gave a heads up to the planned virtual summit between PM Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Notably, Bangladesh’s 50th Independence Day coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Liberation War. The Bangladesh Liberation War Affairs Minister Mozammel Haque earlier recalled with gratitude the cooperation of the Indian government and its people during the Liberation War.

To mark the occasion, Bangladesh will construct a monument in the memory of the Indian soldiers martyred in the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

Besides, on October 15, Doraiswami called on Haque to discuss matters related to the commemoration of 50 years of the liberation war.

“HC Sh. Vikram Doraiswami (@VDoraiswami) called on Hon'ble Minister for #LiberationWar Affairs, H.E. AKM Mozammel Haque MP on 15/10/20. They discussed matters related to the commemoration of 50 years of Liberation War,” the Indian embassy in Bangladesh had tweeted.

The 1971 Liberation war began after the sudden crackdown at midnight on March 25 that year in erstwhile East Pakistan by Pakistani troops and ended on December 16 as Pakistan conceded defeat and unconditionally surrendered in Dhaka to the allied forces comprising Bengali freedom fighters and the Indian Army.