West Bengal Polls

Momen congratulates Mamata

Diplomatic Correspondent

6 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday congratulated Mamata Banerjee on winning the West Bengal Assembly Elections and hoped that her commitment and cooperation will help to further strengthen ties between Bangladesh and India as well as resolve outstanding issues.

“We believe, with your cooperation and commitment, the relations between the two countries will be strengthened further and help resolve the outstanding issues,” Momen said in a message sent to Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.

Mamata Banerjee, who led Trinamool Congress to a landslide victory in West Bengal assembly elections, was sworn in on Wednesday as the state’s Chief Minister for a third consecutive term.

Congratulating Banerjee, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister said the victory reflects the continued trust and confidence of the people of West Bengal on Mamata to lead them.

He said they are thankful to Mamata as she spiritedly upheld the long-cherished values of Bengal - the principle of religious harmony and brotherhood that Bangabandhu spearheaded throughout his life.

Bangladesh and India enjoy excellent bilateral relations and mutual engagements which have expanded to all possible areas of cooperation in recent years, he said.

Momen said the shared history, culture, language, values and ancestral linkages between the people on both sides of the border have made the relations unique and stronger.

In particular, Momen said, West Bengal and its people have a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis.

In this special year, when Bangladesh celebrates the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and Mujib Borsho, as well as 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations, he recalled with gratitude the support and sacrifices of the people and political leadership of India, including the people of West Bengal.

As the world confronts the unprecedented challenges posed by the unknown enemy Covid-19, the foreign minister said Bangladesh remains committed to continuing to work together for the benefit of the people of our two countries.

“I’m confident that together we’ll counter this menace and help return lives and livelihoods to normalcy soon,” Momen said.