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Shahriar Alam calls on Indian counterpart

Shahriar Alam yesterday called on Indian State Minister for External Affairs M J Akbar at the sidelines of 'Indian Geo-economic Dialogue' here.

During the meeting both the state minister expressed deep satisfaction at prevailing relations between the countries especially over the last eight years, said a PID handout this afternoon.

They noted that tremendous progress has been made in almost all sectors of cooperation between Bangladesh and India particularly in the areas of connectivity, power, trade and commerce, security, cultural exchange, tourism and people-to-people contact.

The goodwill generated by peaceful and historic settlement of land

boundary and maritime boundary issues provided more confidence in the

bilateral relation to deepen it further, they hoped.

Shahriar drew attention to the issues of demonetization of Rupees that affected currency reserves in Bangladesh Bank and recent anti-dumping measure on Jute by India.

The Indian counterpart assured Bangladesh of resolving the issues with goodwill and existing good relations.

Terming 2017 as the landmark year of our relationship, Akbar said the Indian government is very eager for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and looking forward to welcoming her in India.

In the Inaugural Conversation with M J Akbar in the opening of the 'Geo-economic Dialogue' both the Ministers emphasized on tackling emerging threats like terrorism and radicalization through constant engagements and collective efforts of the countries of the region, the release added.

Earlier in the day, while visiting World Trade Center (WTC) State Minister encouraged WTC officials for enhancing trade and business between the two countries and attracting more investment to Bangladesh.

Deputy High Commissioner to Mumbai Samina Naz and senior officials from Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied the State Minister during the meetings.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)