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Indian envoy: Hopeful of starting tourist visa soon

  • Published at 05:32 pm January 26th, 2021
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami addresses the media at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday, January 26, 2020 UNB

Doraiswami was addressing the media at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has said that they want to restart issuing tourist visas as soon as possible.

He said that they are waiting for the Covid-19 situation to normalize with vaccination efforts in Bangladesh and India.

"...hopefully soon. We really want to start it,” he told reporters at the Indian High Commission, adding that the general people will have more confidence with vaccination in Bangladesh and India.

The high commissioner was addressing reporters after celebrating the Republic Day of India at the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka with members of the Indian community and with social distancing norms in place.

Marking the occasion, High Commissioner Doraiswami read out a message from the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

He said they believe that India and Bangladesh must progress together and even during the Covid-19 situation, they wanted to work as closely as possible with their neighbors, particularly with Bangladesh.

This is why, Doraiswami said, Bangladesh is one of the first countries to receive vaccines from India, both as gift and through commercial procurement.

He hoped that vaccination in Bangladesh would start very soon as he quoted the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying no one can be immune alone from this disease.

Earlier in the day, in a first, a Bangladeshi tri-service contingent led India's Republic Day parade on the iconic Rajpath in the heart of the national capital.

The 122-member Bangladeshi armed forces contingent led the first 10 rows of India's 72nd Republic Day parade to commemorate 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence.

The tri-service contingent, led by Lt Col Mohatsim Haider Chaudhury, comprised of the Bangladesh Army in the first six rows, followed by two rows of the Navy and two rows of the Air Force in the end.

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