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President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday embarked on a three-day State visit to Bangladesh to participate in the 50th Victory Day celebrations in Dhaka.

“Beginning Wednesday, President Kovind will be on a State visit to Bangladesh. The visit will be from December 15-17. This visit is in context of 50th Victory Day celebrations in Dhaka at which Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has invited President Kovind to represent India as a guest of honour,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday during a press briefing.

This is the first visit of President Kovind to Bangladesh since the Covid-19 outbreak.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday assured the top leadership here that Bangladesh has a “special place” in India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy and underlined that the bilateral relationship based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding is mature enough to handle the “most complex” of problems”.

President Kovind, who arrived on Wednesday on his maiden State Visit at the invitation of his counterpart M Abdul Hamid to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971, held delegation-level talks with him which was followed by a banquet.

“President Kovind @rashtrapatibhvn welcomed by Bangladesh President HE Md. Abdul Hamid for his bilateral meeting at Bangabhaban. Further expanding bilateral ties based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that transcend even a strategic partnership, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

During his meeting with Hamid, President Kovind “reiterated that Bangladesh has a special place in India’s neighborhood first’ policy” and said that India’s development partnership with Bangladesh is one of the most comprehensive and wide-ranging ones, according to a statement issued by the Indian President’s office.

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