Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday landed in Bangladesh for a two-day tour – his first visit to a foreign country since the COVID-19 outbreak. Modi was welcomed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
He attended an event at the National Martyr’s Memorial and the National Day programme in Dhaka, commemorating 50 years of the country’s liberation.
In a statement issued a day ahead of his two-day visit to the country, Modi said that he was happy that his first foreign visit will be to “our friendly neighbouring country, with which India shares deep cultural, linguistic and people-to-people ties”.
Earlier in the week, India announced the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 for Bangladeshi leader “Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Called the Father of Bangladesh, Rahman was credited for his “immense and unparalleled contribution” in “inspiring the liberation of Bangladesh”.
The Prime Minister’s visit comes a day before West Bengal is scheduled to start its eight-phase Assembly polls, on 27 March.