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Sonia to attend B’desh liberation event 

New Delhi, October 6

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accepted Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invitation to attend celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh liberation on March 26, 2021.

The visiting Bangladeshi PM extended the invitation to Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi during a meeting with a Congress delegation today. The delegation comprised former PM Manmohan Singh, Anand Sharma and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was not present. He is abroad. Sheikh Hasina was accompanied by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Momen, a senior minister and advisers.

In a statement, Sharma said, “Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude India’s support for the Bangladesh liberation and the special bond of friendship that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman shared with PM Indira Gandhi. She also revisited the period after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination when her family lived in exile in Delhi. The Congress president congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on winning the third consecutive term as Bangladesh PM… Dr Manmohan Singh complemented PM Hasina for the impressive economic growth made by the country and her initiatives that have led to commendable improvement of social indicators, particularly health and education.”

The leaders exchanged views on a wide range of subjects of mutual interest which included bilateral ties and issues pertaining to regional and global economy, Sharma said. 

He said Sheikh Hasina referred to the forthcoming centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh Liberation, which will be marked by yearlong commemorations, and invited Congress president to visit Bangladesh along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“Sonia Gandhi has accepted the invitation,” he said. Priyanka shared a picture of the meeting on Twitter.

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