Sheikh Hasinsa receives ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
 Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi met with ministers and delegates from both countries at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Union Minister JP Nadda, Minsters of State Jitendra Singh and Kirti Vardhan Singh were also present on the occasion to welcome the Bangladesh PM.

Hasina arrived in India on Friday on a two day State visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ministry of External Affairs, spokesman Randhir Jaiswal said in a social media post “This visit will give a “major boost” to India-Bangladesh ties.”

“PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh arrives in New Delhi on a State Visit to India. Warmly welcomed by MoS @KVSinghMPGonda at the airport. Bangladesh is a key partner and trusted neighbour of India. The visit will give a major boost to this celebrated bilateral partnership,” read Jaiswal’s post on X.

Jaishankar had called on the Bangladesh PM and after the meeting, the Union Minister said that her State visit highlights “close and abiding ties” between the two countries.

“Delighted to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh this evening. Her State visit to India underlines our close and abiding ties. Appreciate her guidance on the further development of our special partnership,” said Jaishankar in a post on X.

External Affairs Minister of State (MoS) Kirtivardhan Singh welcomed the visiting Bangladesh PM at the airport upon her arrival.

This is the first bilateral State Visit by a head of the State after the formation of the NDA government in India the 18th Lok Sabha elections, MEA said in a statement a day ago.

“During the visit, apart from holding bilateral consultations with the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to call on the President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar,” the foreign ministry statement read.

India and Bangladesh have forged a multifaceted relationship, marked by a shared history, culture, and geographical proximity. Two neighbours enjoy warm ties, which have further expanded under the leadership of Modi and Sheikh Hasina.

The year 2023 witnessed a spur of bilateral activities between both countries as an embodiment of the strength of the relationship.

Both leaders jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline on March 18 in a virtual format.

Sheikh Hasina took part virtually in the Inaugural Session of the Voice of the Global South Summit on January 11, 2023 and the second Virtual Voice of the Global South Summit on November 17, 2023.

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