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Bangladesh, India to strengthen co-op in diverse areas

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 15th February, 2023 09:25:43 PM
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Bangladesh and India agreed to further strengthen ongoing bilateral cooperation, in diverse areas, including the Government of India-funded concessional Lines of Credit, trade and investment, connectivity, power and energy, defence and security, and people-to-people ties.

During the Foreign Office Consultations held in Dhaka on Wednesday, both the sides also agreed to enhance their cooperation and consultations on regional and international issues of shared interest.

In this context, India looks forward to active participation of Bangladesh as the Guest Country at various events during India’s presidency of G-20.

Both sides also agreed to extend reciprocal support to each other's upcoming candidature for Non-Permanent membership of the UN Security Council, said the High Commission of India.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen led the Bangladesh side while the Indian side was led by visiting Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra. High officials from different ministries of the two countries attended the Foreign Office Consultation (FOC).

They held wide-ranging discussions covering all aspects of the relationship.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, who concluded his official visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday, earlier called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of India’s continued commitment to the bilateral relationship, upholding Bangladesh as the pivotal of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and a key partner of its ‘Act East Policy’.

The India Foreign Secretary also called on Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and conveyed the greetings of External Affairs Minister.

In recent years, especially in the last decade, India and Bangladesh have sustained high level of engagement, including at the leaders’ level.

The visit of Foreign Secretary helped further strengthen the multifaceted partnership between the two countries, reinforced their time-tested ties and provided an opportunity to comprehensively review progress in the bilateral relationship, added the High Commission of India.