Dhaka, Delhi ties reach a newer height: BD envoy

NEW DELHI, The friendly relations between Bangladesh and India have grown stronger and reached a newer height under the guidance of Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi.

This was stated by Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali in a speech to the officers taking part in the 59th NDC course at National

Defence College in New Delhi on Friday.

The envoy spoke on Framework of BangladeshIndia relations: Opportunities and Challenges.

Besides, participants from India, the 47week course has 25 overseas

officers from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt,

Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman,

the Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates (UAE),

the United Kingdom (UK), The United States of America (USA) and Vietnam.

Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh and India has focused on security, mutual

trust, confidence building and promoting physical and peopletopeople

connectivity. The bilateral relations are so cordial that the two countries

have emerged as a role model for neighbourhood diplomacy, he said.

He said Sheikh Hasina has restored mutual trust between the two close

neighbours and brought about a change in the mindset regarding the bilateral

ties.

There is now a greater recognition on both sides that the destinies of our

two neighboring countries are inescapably intertwined and we must grow

together, the freedom fighter diplomat told the officers at the prestigious

course.

Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh and India have steadily developed bilateral

defence engagements in recent years.

The two countries signed five MoUs on defence cooperation during Sheikh

Hasina's India visit in 2017. The cooperation covers fields of general

cooperation, training exchange and procurement of equipment, defence

financing, medical cooperation and knowledge sharing between the top defence

institutes of both countries.

He said both countries have strengthened security cooperation and are

committed to eradicating terrorism. Bangladesh's avowed policy is not to

allow its soil for any terrorist activity against India or any other country.

It has received full cooperation from India too, the envoy added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)