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India, Bangladesh share relationship that is stronger, mature: Shringla

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 7 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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India, Bangladesh share relationship that is stronger, mature: Shringla

Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said the visionary leaderships of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have provided strategic guidance and weight in shaping the contemporary and future trajectory of India-Bangladesh relationship.

“India and Bangladesh today share a relationship that is stronger, more diversified and mature,” he said while speaking on Maitree Dibas, 50th Anniversary of India-Bangladesh Diplomatic Relations hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in New Delhi on Monday.

Shringla said India and Bangladesh, driven by the aspirations and values of their peoples, are upwardly mobile nations. “Both the countries are democracies that have consistently growing and diversifying economies.”

Like in all strong relationships, the Indian foreign secretary said there have been challenges, and the period after the horrific assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, had its difficulties. “We have faced other complex and troubling situations.”

However, Shringla said the challenges have been tackled, and continue to be tackled, in the framework of mutual trust and cooperation, transcending a conventional strategic partnership, between our countries.

“Both the countries share a strong commitment to counter destabilising forces that aid and abet terrorism and radicalisation. Strengthening cooperation in tackling new and emerging challenges, such as misinformation and disinformation through the internet, is of highest importance. Effective cooperation between both countries will go a long way in preserving social harmony,” he added.

The event was addressed, among others, by State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh KM Khalid, Hasanul Haq Inu, Ms Simeen Hussain, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran, Director General of ICWA Ambassador Vijay Thakur Singh, former High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Rajeet Mitter, Asian Confluence Director Sabyasachi Dutta, The Economic Times Diplomatic Affairs Editor Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury and Joint Secretary (Bangladesh & Myanmar) of Ministry of External Affairs Smita Pant.

The Indian foreign secretary said India saluted the leadership of Bangabandhu, one of the great historical figures of our time, and a man who literally shaped the destiny of nations.

India recognised Bangladesh as a free and independent nation while it was still fighting its war of liberation. “It was the second country in the world to do so. It was a leap of faith. India did so because it was convinced of the righteousness of the Bangladeshi cause, and the certainty that it would prevail.”

Speaking about December 6 Maitree Dibas, he said it marks the trust that our nations and peoples have in each other. “It signifies the faith that both nations and peoples have in a better tomorrow and exhibits the shared determination to work towards it.”

“We have, as we did in their war of liberation, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Bangladesh in this battle for better lives and prosperity for our peoples. Our good wishes will constantly accompany them in this continuing journey. We are and will remain fellow travelers in this road. India will make not just its goodwill, but its resources, and its capabilities, available to further the common good of our two nations,” Shringla said in his speech.