DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the…
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said his country will stand by Bangladesh with all firmness the way it stood by the people of the next door neighbor during 1971 Liberation War as Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan called on him in the Indian capital.
“India will stand by Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism the way we stood by you during your 1971 Liberation War,” a Bangladesh home ministry spokesman quoted the Indian premier as saying during the call on.
Modi, he said, also reiterated New Delhi’s all out support for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “timely and firm” actions in combating the militants.
According to the spokesman Khan told the Indian premier that the perpetrators of the recent militant attacks were homegrown elements and no proof of their links to any foreign terrorist outfits were found so far.
In response, the spokesman said, Modi expressed identical views.
Khan told the Indian premier that being a land of communal harmony since ancient time Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership was committed to uphold the heritage by ensuring rights of everyone including religious minorities.
“We are committed to uphold the heritage . . . we will do everything to protect their religious faiths, culture and human rights,” the Bangladesh home minister said.
Khan’s meeting with the Indian premier at his official residence came ahead of his official talks with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh when he would lead a high-level delegation.
The home minister arrived in the Indian capital on July 27 while officials said his interaction with Singh is expected to further strengthen and enhance the excellent cooperation between the two countries on security and border management matters.