Dhaka Delhi Ties Reach A Newer Height | BD Envoy

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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 envoy 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. The envoy spoke on “Framework of Bangladesh–India relations: Opportunities and Challenges”.

■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sheikh Hasina during the annual convocation of Visva Bharati University, in Santiniketan | PTI File Image

Besides participants from India, the 47–week course has 25 overseas officers from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.

 

Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh and India has focused on security, mutual trust, confidence building and promoting physical and people–to–people connectivity. The bilateral relations are so cordial that the two countries have emerged as a role model for neighbourhood diplomacy

 

In his speech, highly appreciated by the officers, Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh and India has focused on security, mutual trust, confidence building and promoting physical and people–to–people connectivity. The bilateral relations are so cordial that the two countries have emerged as a role model for neighbourhood diplomacy, he said.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has restored mutual trust between the two close neighbours and brought about a change in the mind–set 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.

 

The two countries signed five MoUs on defence cooperation during Sheikh Hasina’s 2017 India visit. 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

 

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 2017 India visit. 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.

His speech was followed by an interaction with participants asking questions relating to bilateral, regional and international issues. ■

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