Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, among other world leaders have so far confirmed their presence in different events for Mujib Borsho, to mark Bangabandhu's birth centenary.
Top officials of foreign ministry yesterday informed this to a parliamentary standing committee meeting. The meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs was held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with ruling Awami League MP Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair.
So far 18 distinguished world leaders and personalities have confirmed their presence on different dates of Mujib Borsho celebrations, which will begin on March 17.
Talking to The Daily Star, Faruk Khan said Indian premier Narendra Modi, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, among others have confirmed their presence on the inaugural ceremony of Mujib Borsho on March 17.
Pranab Mukherjee, several MPs of UK and Vietnam parliament, among other distinguished leaders, will attend a two-day special session of Bangladesh Parliament scheduled to start from March 22.
The parliamentary watchdog was also informed that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen; granddaughter of Bangabandhu and British Labour Party MP Tulip Siddiq; another Labor Party MP Rushanara Ali and former Unesco director general Irina Bokova, among others, have also confirmed their presence during different occasions of Mujib Borsho.
Besides, prime ministers of Australia, Italy and Canada might also visit Bangladesh during the year, meeting sources said.
Bangladesh will celebrate the "Mujib Borsho" from March 17, 2020, to March 26, 2021, through various programmes.
On the Rohingya issue, the parliamentary body yesterday asked the foreign ministry to resolve the crisis through joint initiatives of China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, committee members -- Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince, Abdul Majid Khan, Habibe Millat, Nahim Razzaq, Kazi Nabil Ahmed and Nizam Uddin Jalil (Jhon) also participated in the meeting.