Highest importance for Bangladesh in India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy

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NEW DELHI: Indian International Secretary Harsh VardhanShringla is on a short go to to Bangladesh to convey Prime Minister Modi’s message aiming at additional strengthening the ties of friendship between the 2 international locations.

Bangladesh International Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen hosted a ‘Working Lunch‘ for his Indian counterpart on Wednesday afternoon. Throughout the one and half hour lengthy assembly held in an exceptionally heat, frank and cordial atmosphere, either side mentioned the huge ranging areas of ongoing bilateral cooperation, with specific deal with methods to deal with points arising out of the COVID -19 scenario.

Indian International Secretary reiterated that Bangladesh comes first for India, in Prime Minister Modi’s ‘neighbourhood first’ coverage. Shringla expressed deep gratitude for the type gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to grant him an viewers regardless of her not having met any overseas dignitaries because the begin of the COVID pandemic.

Each side expressed satisfaction that even throughout this uncommon scenario created by the pandemic, the 2 international locations have maintained a excessive stage of engagement on the assorted areas of cooperation. Essential developments have included conducting the primary trial run for trans-shipment of Indian cargo by Bangladesh beneath the Settlement on the usage of Chattogram and Mongla port in addition to signing the second addendum to the PIWTT.

Momen reiterated Bangladesh’s appreciation for the help of medicines and different medical objects proactively offered by India for holding the pandemic.Handing over of 10 locomotives by Indian Railways to Bangladesh Railways was additionally appreciated.

Momen said that Bangladesh is able to collaborate within the growth of COVID vaccine, together with its trial, and appears ahead to early inexpensive availability of the vaccine when it’s prepared.

Shringla expressed India’s willingness to be in shut contact with Bangladesh and different neighbours and highlighted the price benefit that India enjoys on account of its economies of scale in manufacturing.

Bangladesh facet expressed appreciation to the Authorities of India for facilitating the evacuation of stranded Bangladeshi nationals from India to Bangladesh in the course of the onset of the pandemic.

On this context, Momen requested pressing reopening of visa issuance from the Indian Excessive Fee in Dhaka, notably since many Bangladeshi sufferers want to go to India for availing vital and emergency medical therapy. Indian facet was additionally requested to reopen journey by Benapole-Petrapole land port which has been halted by the West Bengal State Authorities within the wake of the pandemic. International Secretary Masud appreciated India’s efforts to ease journey between each international locations by introduction of ‘air bubble’ flights, proposed by the Indian facet.

Each side mentioned firming up plans for organizing joint occasions to have a good time Mujib Borsho and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence in addition to institution of diplomatic relations between the 2 international locations. Additionally they expressed curiosity to carry applications at choose capitals internationally, in addition to on the UN Headquarters, by shut coordination between the diplomatic missions of the 2 international locations.

Each International Secretaries agreed that higher consideration is required to accord extra impetus to the event initiatives in Bangladesh beneath the Indian Traces of Credit score.

Bangladesh International Secretary congratulated his counterpart on India changing into a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council and conveyed Bangladesh’s higher expectation from India as a member of the united states, to play a extra significant position for an enduring answer to the Rohingya disaster, together with their early repatriation to Myanmar.

Each side agreed to convene the Joint Consultative Fee (JCC) between the 2 international locations on the stage of International Ministers on the earliest, as JCC gives a wonderful platform to debate your complete gamut of bilateral relations between the 2 international locations with an action-oriented focus.

The Indian International Secretary requested Momen to go to India on the earliest, benefiting from the ‘air bubble’ initiative of India.

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