New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid rich tributes to Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde, who died during a road accident here, describing him as a "distinguished" political leader who was a "good friend" of her country.
In a condolence message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hasina said Munde`s "untimely demise is a huge loss for your government, the country, the people, and the party.
"All would be deprived of the service that he was just about to deliver in his new capacity. You have lost a distinguished political leader and we have lost a good friend of Bangladesh", she said.
Hasina said that "in this hour of grief, on behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh and also on my own behalf, I would like to extend to the government and the people of India and to the members of the bereaved family, our heartfelt condolences".
This year is being marked as the `Year of China-India friendly exchanges` and also the 60th year of Panchasheel, the five principles for peaceful coexistence pronounced in 1954 by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai, Hong noted.
Wang is also expected to press for the presence of a high-level Indian dignitary at the Panchasheel 60th anniversary function planned for June 28 here.
Besides Xi, Myanmar President Thein Sein was expected to take part in the function, which China would like to project as its commitment for peace amid deepening conflicts with several of its neighbours over maritime disputes involving South and East China seas.