Regional Development Focus of India-Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue

The inaugural address was given by MoS MEA Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and was also chaired by Bangladesh’s Minister for Foreign Affairs AK Abdul Momen….reports Asian Lite News

The three-day long, 11th Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue, witnessed discussions on ‘Investment for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’ and underscored the importance of regional development.

The dialogue was jointly organised by the Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies and the India Foundation from October 5 -7.

“Fruitful discussions on ‘Investment for Sustainable & Inclusive Growth’ with MPs at the 11th India-Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Under PM Shri @narendramodi Ji’s leadership, India’s economic growth has been remarkable with significant…,” posted BJP’s State Executive Committee Member for Uttarakhand, Shaurya Doval on X.

The inaugural address was given by MoS MEA Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and was also chaired by Bangladesh’s Minister for Foreign Affairs AK Abdul Momen.

“Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh delivered the inaugural address at the 2nd Silchar-Sylhet festival held in Sylhet and underscored the importance of India-Bangladesh relations for regional development,” posted High Commission of India in Bangladesh on X.

Calling India the “most important” country in South Asia, Momen said that the partnership between New Delhi and “emerging” Dhaka, filled with newfound “confidence,” carries great significance for ushering in shared peace and prosperity in the region, Bangladesh-based BNN News reported.

He also said that Dhaka wants visa-free relations with New Delhi for the travellers of both countries in the coming days, Bangladesh-based The Business Standard reported.

“Both countries are expecting a visa-free India-Bangladesh relationship along with a quick resolution of the visa process,” Momen said, chairing the annual ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue’.

He added, “Following the historical footsteps of Bangladesh-India relations, the two countries are working for mutual excellence in bilateral trade, education, culture, society and technology”.

Responding to a question from journalists, the minister said, “Bangladesh and India share a common principle regarding Teesta water-sharing. It is stuck for some reason and will be resolved over time”, The Business Standard reported.

He further said that cooperation and collaboration with India are seen as essential tools for this endeavour.

“Collaboration among neighbours in South Asia through strategic partnership for shared peace and stability, we believe, we can establish a peaceful region,” BNN News quoted Momen as saying.

The Bangladesh Minister added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina share a close understanding. The bond between the two countries has reached a zenith, reflected in an all-encompassing bilateral partnership built on the foundations of sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding.

Momen added that the rapid emergence of India as a global economic power with a robust economic foundation presents a golden opportunity for Bangladesh.

“A strong and vibrant India offers Bangladesh tremendous economic opportunities, and Bangladesh should exploit the high growth of the Indian economy fully to accelerate her own economic development,” BNN News quoted him as saying.

Over the last decade, the Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue has served as a critical platform for strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations. The theme of this year’s Dialogue is ‘Fostering a comprehensive and mutually beneficial partnership’, BNN News reported.

The four-day ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue’ was held on October 5-8 to strengthen the friendly relations between Bangladesh and India, and developing education, culture and business sectors in the two nations, The Business Standard reported.

Six ministers and 20 MPs participated in the dialogue from the Bangladesh side, while a 140-member delegation from India arrived in Sylhet to join the four-day event.

They expressed firm determination to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. (ANI)

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