06/06/2015 2:52 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Modi Begins Bangladesh Visit With Homage To Martyrs


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.

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."

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