New Delhi: India has thanked Bangladesh for its decision to honour Indian nationals and groups for their role in the 1971 liberation war of that country.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna wrote a letter on Tuesday night to his Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni, expressing the government's sentiments, MEA sources said.

"The cause of liberation of Bangladesh has been very close to our hearts and the government and the people of India have been extremely proud of their association with the historic liberation war," the Minister said in his letter.

Krishna said this initiative would further strengthen the friendship between the people of the two countries and will have a significant impact in preserving memories in the mind of the youth and in enlightening future generations about the achievements of the people of Bangladesh.

"This will also have a significant impact in preserving memories in the mind of the young and in educating future generations, he wrote," he said.

Last week, Dhaka honoured a host of Indians and Indian organisations for their contribution to the 1971 war, including late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Lt Gen (Retd) Jagjit Singh Aurora, Lt Gen (Retd) J F R Jacob and former diplomat Arundhati Ghose.

(Agencies)