Agartala, Jan 12 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday conferred an honorary doctorate of Tripura University on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
After conferring the honorary Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) on Hasina at the university's ninth convocation here, Ansari said as the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and as Prime Minister, your excellency's tireless efforts in upholding democratic values and women's rights in Bangladesh are recognised and serve as a global benchmark.
"We admire your courage, Prime Minister, in facing the threats of terrorism and extremism afflicting humanity, your advocacy of pluralism, moderation and tolerance, and the ambitious agenda of economic growth, welfare and social justice that you have planned for, and implemented in Bangladesh," he added.
Emphasising that destinies of India and Bangladesh are interlinked, Ansari said that our relationship is rooted in shared values and commitment to secularism, multi-party democracy, social justice and fundamental human freedoms
Ansari said the people of both the countries share in great measure a common history, culture, language and tradition and they have co-operated and faced challenges together.
"The landmark visits of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January 2010 and of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Dhaka last September elevated the bilateral relationship to new heights," he said.
"Bangladesh abuts our North Eastern region and provides critical linkages to its economy, ecology and environment. Indeed, the North Eastern Region Vision 2020 document approved by the North Eastern Council and released by the Prime Minister in July 2008 reflects the commitment of the Union and various State Governments to the comprehensive, inclusive and accelerated development of the region so as to restore its national economic eminence," he added. e further said we stand committed to fashioning economic and trade arrangements, not only for ensuring closer integration of the region with the national economy but also with the economies of neighbouring countries in the region. (ANI)