INDIA/BANGLADESH: Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh, who will be in India for four days starting on September 5, praised the Vaccine Maitri initiative, which was spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saw India send millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh and other nations, particularly neighbours.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in an interview with ANI that PM Modi’s Vaccine Maitri campaign was a very “prudent” move. “I want to express my gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for taking this effort, which allowed him to provide vaccines to several south Asian nations in addition to Bangladesh. He also took the incredibly wise step of purchasing vaccines with our own money and the assistance of many other nations, “added Sheikh Hasina.
The prime minister of Bangladesh also discussed the vaccination programme in her nation, which has given COVID-19 vaccines to 90% of the populace. “Therefore, the Vaccine Maitri effort was an excellent idea. I firmly concur with that,” she informed ANI.
Sheikh Hasina Commends Prime Minister Modi For Evacuating Bangladeshi Students From Ukraine
As many Indians were trapped in Ukraine and its neighbouring nations following the start of the Russia-Ukraine War, PM Sheikh Hasina praised PM Modi for rescuing Bangladeshi students, who were also trapped.
“I want to sincerely thank the prime minister for providing refuge to so many of our students who were stranded during the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and travelled to Poland. However, when you evacuated your students—Indian students—they also sent back our pupils. You have therefore made a very apparent kind gesture. I appreciate your initiative, Mr Prime Minister,” said Sheikh Hasina.
Notably, India initiated “Operation Ganga” to return trapped Indians in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries during the conflict after the Russia-Ukraine war broke out in February. India assisted foreign nationals who were trapped in the area by rescuing them during this operation.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh described India as a “tested” friend, noting that both in 1971 and in subsequent years, India supported Bangladesh in its time of need.