Mahinda to attend independence anniversary of Bangladesh

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is to attend the 50th independence anniversary celebrations in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters today that Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will join the celebrations in person.

He said that Bangladesh will have stronger relations with the external world through celebrating the 50 years of independence amid the presence of global leaders – both in person and virtually, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

A 10-day mega event will be held from March 17 to 26.

“We’ll have discussions on many issues. Agreements will be signed and bilateral issues will be discussed. But the main purpose is to build stronger bonding and friendship,” the Bangladesh Foreign Minister said.

The Foreign Minister said that Chinese President Xi Jinping will send a video message marking the celebrations.

Dr Momen said French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also send video messages marking the celebrations.

The President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will arrive on March 17 on a two-day visit and attend the celebrations at the National Parade Grounds in Agargaon.

Then, the President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa will arrive in Dhaka to join the celebrations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive on March 26 and he will visit places outside Dhaka though the other three South Asian leaders will have engagements in Dhaka only.

The Indian premier will visit the Bangabandhu memorial in Tungipara to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and is expected to visit the Orakandi temple and “Satipith.” He will also visit Satkhira.

The five leaders are likely to visit the National Mausoleum at Savar, Dhanmondi 32, and will attend the main program at the National Parade Grounds. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. The South Asians fought against the West to have independence, after independence the West is ruling south Asia from a distance and the South Asian leaders are doing everything to please the West. Basically, South Asians listen to their enemies’ advice to develop their region. Have you ever questioned why the West never complained about the following things. South Asia doesn’t have a world renowned university such as Howard or Oxford, it never hosted Olympic Games, it only won one gold medal in 2008 and it not a permanent member in the  UN Security Council. Almost every vote has been bought on bribe but the West never complained. The West is happy about the progress in South Asia because it has defeated two billion people. However, the West has plenty to say against China, because China has not fell into the Western trap.

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