Bangladesh, India celebrate Friendship Day in 18 countries
The governments of Bangladesh and India will celebrate Friendship Day in 18 countries commemorating the recognition of Bangladesh by India on December 6, 1972 as an independent and sovereign country.
India is the second country, after Bhutan, to recognize Bangladesh as a sovereign and independent state in 1971.
The day will be commemorated jointly in the capitals of 18 selected countries – Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore and the United Kingdom – by the respective diplomatic missions of the two countries, in addition to the celebrations in Bangladesh and India, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
In most cities, the Friendship Day program will take place on December 6.
In a few cities, the celebration is believed to take place at a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions declared by host governments.
The program includes addresses by the heads of missions of Bangladesh and India, the address of the guest of honor of the host country, a cultural program, the screening of a documentary on bilateral Bangladesh-India relations followed by ” a reception presenting food from both countries.
A photographic exhibition, illustrating the historical relationship between the two countries and a seminar are also organized by some missions as part of the joint celebrations.
The celebration of Friendship Day coincides with the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Independence and the 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh-India Friendship.
Bangladesh and India have embarked on year-long programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations on various other fronts.
The Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition is presented in various cities of Bangladesh and India. The exhibition was jointly opened by the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India in March 2021 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh. The two leaders also unveiled postage stamps commemorating 50 years of friendship between Bangladesh and India at that time.
Exchanges of visits of veterans and warships, sporting events, cultural events and other programs are also organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the friendship between the two countries.
Bangladesh and India are committed to strengthening and consolidating the existing excellent relationship based on common values, culture and heritage based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. The joint celebration is a reflection of the will of the people and leaders of the two countries to work together over the next fifty years and beyond to achieve a vision of shared prosperity and development.