Bangladesh–India hold 5th Joint Consultative Commission

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BANGLADESH Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj concludes their 5th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission between both the nations, in New Delhi.

■ Sushma Swaraj welcomed Bangladeshi foreign minister Abdul Momen ahead of India Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission | EAM

Indian External Affairs Minister warmly received the Bangladesh Minister at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan. She congratulated Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. In her opening remarks, the

 

Relationship was now broadening to include Blue Economy, Cyber Security, Outer Space Management, new and high technology areas for partnership, such as space, nuclear energy, IT and electronics

 

Indian Minister underscored that trust and partnership are the bedrock of understanding between India and Bangladesh. She highlighted that both countries are two of the fastest growing economies in the world and India stands in full support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development agenda.

Indian External Affairs Minister noted with satisfaction that Bangladesh–India bilateral relations are going through a ‘Shonali Oddhay’. Momen highlighted that under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi, the relations have reached unprecedented heights.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed the status of the entire gamut of bilateral issues between in a very cordial environment. The ministers expressed satisfaction that both countries are working closer than ever before in every sector, from security and border management to mutually–beneficial trade and investment flows, power and energy, river water sharing, development partnership, transport connectivity, culture and people–to–people contacts.

They welcomed the fact that the relationship was now broadening to include Blue Economy, Cyber Security, Outer Space Management, new and high technology areas for partnership, such as space, nuclear energy, IT and electronics.

Momen requested for water sharing of all common rivers including early resolution of the Teesta Water Sharing. The Indian minister assured that they would work for early conclusion of Teesta Water Sharing agreement. Foreign Minister Momen sought India’s cooperation for early repatriation of the Rohingyas. He emphasised that economic diplomacy is emerging as a foreign policy priority for Bangladesh. He noted that resource mobilisation for achieving the SDGs and the importance of South and triangular cooperation for developing countries, where India could play a crucial role.

Two Ministers witnessed signing of four MoUs related to training of Bangladesh mid–career civil servants in India, on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, on cooperation on anti–corruption issues and for facilitating investments in the Indian Economic Zone in Mongla. A joint press release was issued after the talks.

Foreign Minister Momen is leading a 21 member delegation to India for the 5th JCC. Last JCC was held in Dhaka in October 2017. ■

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