Bangladesh High Commission
11 August 2017
Headline: Bangladesh, India bonhomie rising
New Delhi, Aug. 11: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Premier Narendra Modi have taken Dhaka-Delhi bilateral relations to a new level beyond a “strategic partnership.”
This was stated by Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali in a talk on “India-Bangladesh Relations-Moving Ahead” at National Defence College here.
Referring to Sheikh Hasina’s tour of India in April this year the envoy said eleven agreements and twenty-four MoUs were signed during the highly successful visit.
The visit encompassed “every important sector in our bilateral cooperation namely security, trade, connectivity, energy, civil nuclear agreement, defence and introduction of new bus and train services,” he said.
Describing Bangladesh’s ties with India as special Syed Muazzem Ali said Bangladesh will utilize the new $5 billion Indian credit, including $500 million in defence sector for the projects that Dhaka needs on priority basis. “Our Private sectors also made their valuable inputs when they signed MoUs for the investment to the tune of $13 billion primarily in the energy sector,” he said.
He said a prominent road in New Delhi has been named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation.
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The High Commissioner said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has consistently tried to restore mutual trust and cooperation and she has “brought a change in our mindset in our bilateral ties.”
There is now a greater recognition on both sides that the destinies of our two neighbouring countries are inescapably intertwined and we must grow together, he said.
The envoy said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his keen desire to promote our bilateral cooperation. His historic visit to Bangladesh in June 2015 has taken our ties to newer heights.
Sixty eight years after the partition of 1947, and forty-one years after the conclusion of the Indira-Mujib Border Accord of 1974, the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between the two countries was concluded and ratified, he said.
“Premier Narendra Modi had demonstrated how a long-standing complex bilateral issue could be resolved unanimously through consultation, compassion, and consensus-building.
Syed Muazzem Ali mentioned that Bangladesh and India have been making commendable progress in security cooperation as well in energy, trade and commerce, connectivity and people-to-people contact.