President lauds Indian High Commission
Staff Reporter: President Abdul Hamid on Sunday expressed the hope that the Indo-Bangladesh relations will go on perpetually to the mutual benefit of the two neighboring countries. He said: “I would like to thank the Indian High Commission in Dhaka for their laudable contribution to ITEC program. Bangladesh is also offering some training programs to India.” “All these constitute an important facet of our bilateral cooperation and bring the two countries closer. I would like to see the Indo-Bangladesh relations grow perpetually to our mutual benefit.” The President made the observations while addressing the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the city. Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh attaches great importance to its relations with India. “Our two countries have a multitude of commonalities. Under the dynamic leadership of our two Prime Ministers, the thriving relationship is set to scale greater heights.” This would inevitably bring greater collective prosperity not only for the two neighboring countries, but also for the South Asia region as a whole, he added. The President said India was the ancient centre of art, culture, and heritage. The richness and diversity of Indian culture has spread all over the world. “Today, India is emerging as a global power and excelling in many sectors. I, therefore, believe that India’s diverse development experience and expertise would be shared to the benefits of other developing countries through the ITEC program,” he said. Mentioning that ITEC Program is a commendable development cooperation initiative of the Government of India, Abdul Hamid said it aims at extending technical assistance, technology transfer and capacity building to other developing countries. “I look at it as a demonstration of India’s genuine commitment to support other developing countries to prosper together,” he added. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran and Tureen Afroz, among others, also spoke on the occasion.