Dhaka, Jul 7: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Dhaka on July 25 when she is expected to receive a special award from Bangladesh government on behalf of her late mother-in-law Indira Gandhi for her contribution to the liberation war of this country.
“Sonia Gandhi wears many hats. She is a family member of Indira Gandhi who was our great friend during our war for freedom, the President of Congress and the Chairperson of UPA. We are very much looking forward to the visit of Sonia Gandhi,” Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told a media conference here.
She said “we hope Sonia Gandhi will also attend a small ceremony where we will confer an award on Indira Gandhi for her contribution to our war of freedom.”
Moni said Bangladesh is celebrating 40 years of independence from Pakistan and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's name figures on top of the list of foreign dignitaries who contributed to the liberation.
“We will be happy that a member of the Gandhi family will receive the award,” she said.
Sonia Gandhi will come to Dhaka on July 25 at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina primarily to attend a conference on autistic children.
Bangladeshi officials also said the country was set to name a major road of Dhaka after Indira Gandhi as part of a government initiative to honour the country's foreign friends who contributed to its 1971 emergence as an independent nation. PTI