Friendship Day: India and Bangladesh will celebrate Friendship Day on 6 December
Maitri Diwas: Recently, India and Bangladesh have decided to celebrate Friendship Day on 6th December. India recognized Bangladesh on 6 December 1971, ten days before Bangladesh's independence.
During PM Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh to participate in Bangladesh's National Day in March 2021, it was decided to celebrate 6 December as Friendship Day. On this day India formally recognized Bangladesh as "Maitri Diwas" (Friendship Day). India was the first country to establish bilateral diplomatic relations with Bangladesh.
According to a joint statement by the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Modi said that one of the greatest leaders of modern times, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will always be remembered for his courage and indelible contribution to Bangladesh's emergence as a sovereign country.
Friendship Day is being celebrated in 18 countries around the world apart from India and Bangladesh. These countries are Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar, Singapore, UK, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE and USA.
The celebration of Friendship Day is a reflection of the deep and enduring friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh which is forged in blood and shared sacrifice.
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