Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 25 march: Bangladesh Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said that the people of Bangladesh welcomed the visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
‘The common people of the country are very happy and most of them welcome his visit,’ he told reporters after a function in the city adding that few people might be against the visit which will in no way affect.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday morning on a two-day state visit to attend the twin mega celebrations marking the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of Bangladesh’s Independence.
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Momen said they believed in democracy and Bangladesh was a democratic country where freedom of speech was guaranteed.
He said the visit of Modi was to mainly join the celebrations and pay respect to Sheikh Mujib but Bangladesh will place its issues during bilateral discussions.
Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari, Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering attended the 10-day special programme in person that began on March 17.
Many global leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Francis, Chinese president Xi Jinping, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Unesco director general Audrey Azoulay sent messages, marking the celebrations.