Italian President Sergio Mattarella has joined the world leaders by sending a message on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He praised the leadership of the Father of the Nation and lauded the socio-economic progress of Bangladesh.
He also paid respect to the Father of the Nation in a message read out by the Italian France ambassador in Dhaka at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also present there.
The government is celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu and the 50 years of independence jointly in a 10-day mega event.
Heads of different states and governments joined the celebration to pay their respects to Bangabandhu and convey greetings to the people of Bangladesh.
Italy is one of the first European countries that recognised Bangladesh soon after independence in 1071.