Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday (December 6) celebrated the 51st anniversary of Maitri Diwas in Dhaka.
It is on this day in 1971 that India recognized an independent and sovereign Bangladesh, ten days before Bangladesh's liberation, reports BSS.
The decision to mark December 6 as Maitri Diwas was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the State visit of Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021.
To mark the occasion, a reception and musical evening was hosted by the High Commission of India in Dhaka on Tuesday evening.
Liberation War Affairs Minister A.K.M Mozammel Haque joined the event as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pranay Verma highlighted the significance of the day as an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past 51 years of India-Bangladesh partnership and the promise for the future.
He described India-Bangladesh friendship as rooted in the shared sacrifices of 1971 and fostered by strong ties of history, language and culture.
Noting that both the countries have made important achievements in the last 50 years, he emphasized that they must now ensure that their future generations understand this history and preserve the legacy of 1971.
He reiterated that India accords the highest priority to its relationship with Bangladesh, and will always stand ready to walk together with the people of Bangladesh on the road to greater prosperity and success.
He reaffirmed the shared commitment of both the countries to further strengthen the close friendship which is founded on shared values, culture and ethos, and based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
The celebrations concluded with colourful performances by Indian and Bangladeshi cultural troupes.
Many Muktijoddhas as well as senior representatives from the Government of Bangladesh, leaders of business and industry, media, academia and civil society also joined the celebrations.