Prime Minister Narendra Modi today kicked off his two-day visit to Bangladesh with a visit to the National Martyrs’ Memorial. He paid homage to the soldiers who died in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. He also paid homage Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
Both Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (who arrived a day before Modi) have been welcomed warmly. According to this report, Dhaka has been decorated with giant hoardings that display photographs of the Indian Prime Minister, along with several life-size cutouts of him, Mamata Banerjee and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
Thank you PM Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome. I look forward to a very good visit that will strengthen ties between India & Bangladesh.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 6, 2015
The PM was greeted on arrival by PM Sheikh Hasina at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport, Dhaka.
The Prime Minister's office also tweeted out Modi's thoughts at the 'Jatiyo Smriti Shoudho' (National Martyrs' Memorial), where he paid homage to the soldiers who had lost their lives revolting against Pakistan by planting a sapling, and signing the visitors book. The PM observed that the memorial "gives impression of rising from the ashes like a phoenix. It symbolises courage & determination of people."
Memorial gives impression of rising from the ashes like a phoenix. It symbolises courage & determination of people. pic.twitter.com/l4l49knvHt— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 6, 2015
Pictures from the house where history was scripted by Bangabandhu. pic.twitter.com/Ki4ayJRq6K— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 6, 2015
After tributes to the Martyrs, paying respects to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum. pic.twitter.com/gBfnfZVsj8— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 6, 2015