In his first trip to a foreign country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka, the capital of neighbouring Bangladesh on Friday morning. He was accorded a special welcome at the airport, his counterpart Sheikh Hasina personally received him and a salute of 19 guns and Guard of honour were accorded to Prime Minister Modi. He visited the National Martyr’s memorial and paid homage to those who died in the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence. He then joined the celebration programme as the guest of honour at the National Parade Square to mark celebrate the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bilateral talks with the Bangladeshi PM will take place on Saturday, where at least five MoUs are expected to be signed and a number of projects will be inaugurated virtually. Ahead of his departure, the Prime Minister had said in his message that India’s partnership with Bangladesh is an important pillar of our Neighbourhood First policy, and that we are committed to further deepen and diversify it.