Narendra Modi is in Dhaka to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid homage to the heroic martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War by laying a wreath at the National Memorial in Savar.
The Indian prime minister paid his respects at the National Memorial on Friday afternoon.
On the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh, PM @narendramodi paid tributes at the National Martyr’s Memorial in Savar.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 26, 2021
The courage of those who took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh motivates many. pic.twitter.com/q7bZwATNHt
Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister reached the National Memorial boarding on a helicopter at about 11:45am
On his arrival there, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, State Minister for Housing and Public Works Sharif Ahmed and General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Nine Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army Major General Shaheenul Haque and high civil and military officials welcomed the Indian leader.
A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave him a guard of honour while the bugles played the last post.
The Indian prime minister planted a sapling of Arjun tree (Terminalia arjuna) on the memorial premises and signed the visitors’ book on the occasion.
“I pay my heartfelt tribute to the patriotic martyrs of Bangladesh, whose glorious sacrifices enabled the birth of this great Nation,” Modi wrote in the visitors’ book.
He said may every visitor to this revered ground honour the sacred memory of the millions who were slain but not silenced.
Their valour will continue to inspire future generations to fight injustice and defend the cause of righteousness, wrote the Indian premier.
“On behalf of the people of India, I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remain a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression,” he also wrote.
Modi left the National Memorial for Dhaka around 12:10pm.
Strict security measures were taken at the memorial and its adjacent areas ahead of his visit there.
Earlier, Narendra Modi arrived here this morning on a two-day official visit to join the grand celebrations of the golden jubilee of country’s independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A special aircraft of the Air India carrying the Indian premier along with his entourage members landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka at 10:30am in the morning.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received her Indian counterpart at the airport.
The Indian Premier became the fifth among the world leaders to attend the 10-day celebration.
This is the first foreign visit of Narendra Modi since the Covid-19 onset.