Dhaka – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ‘deferred’ his planned visit to Dhaka next week to attend the birth centenary event of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, officials said on Tuesday.
The decision for the deferral came flowing the organizers revised the centenary celebration events after Bangladesh detected three cases of coronavirus infection for the first time on Sunday.
Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that the visit was deferred. Modi was invited by his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to attend the main event of the birth centenary on March 17 and hold bilateral meeting between the two leaders in Dhaka.
“We have received formal notification from the government of Bangladesh that a decision has been taken by them to defer the public events” the statement said adding that Dhaka had advised New Delhi that that fresh dates for these commemorative event will be conveyed later.
A scheduled big rally at National Parade Ground in Dhaka on March 17 was postponed.
Dhaka conveyed the message that the opening of the celebrations was revised on account of detection of cases of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, and the larger global public health situation in this regard.
“The impact of this deferment applies also to the large gathering planned for March 17, at which the Prime Minister of India was invited,” the statement said.
India is ready to work with Bangladesh, as partners to combat the spread of this disease in our shared neighbourhood.