President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday said people of all faiths in Bangladesh enjoy full liberty to practice their respective religion.
"Bangladesh, as a country, has historically been a very good model of communal harmony where people of all faiths live side by side in peace and happiness and are at full liberty to practice their respective religion," he said.
The President made the remarks when visiting Indian Minister for Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan called on him at Bangabhaban.
During the meeting, Abdul Hamid expressed his satisfaction over the current state of affairs between the two neighboring countries and intense engagement at various levels.
He mentioned that the present government extends all kinds of support to the minority communities in the country to ensure their well-being.
The President informed the Indian Minister that religious education in Bangladesh has been modernized to meet the present day needs, which proved very useful in curbing the rise of fundamentalism and religious extremism.
He said Bangladesh would like to have joint inauguration of Bheramara-Bahrampur 400 KV transmission line and 500 MW HVDC substation project, and foundation laying of 1320 MW Bangladesh-India joint venture coal fired power plant project at Rampal in Bagerhat by the Prime Ministers of both countries.
Indian Minister K Rahman Khan appreciated Bangladesh’s cooperation to combat terrorism.
Referring to the land boundary and Teesta water issue, he said that India is committed to resolve the issues.
The Indian Minister expressed the hope that the land boundary agreement will be ratified in the Indian parliament in its winter session. He said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keen to resolve the issue.
K Rahman Khan emphasized further strengthening bilateral relations through more contacts.
Acting High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Sandeep Chakravorti, Religious Affairs secretary Kazi Habibul Awal and secretaries to the President office were present.