PM Modi’s Bangladesh visit postponed: MEA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh got postponed after Bangladesh decided to defer public events being organised to celebrate the centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in view of the threat of coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement by Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We have received formal notification from the Government of Bangladesh that a decision has been taken by them to defer the public events being organized to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on account of the detection of cases of coronavirus 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 Narendra Modi was invited,” Kumar said.

Bangladesh will convey the fresh dates for these commemorative events later, Kumar added.

“In this context, Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh next week at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is being deferred. While expressing understanding of the circumstances that necessitates this deferment, India is ready to work with Bangladesh, as partners, to combat the spread of this disease in our shared neighbourhood,” he added