Dhaka, New Delhi ties are at their best: Bangladesh Foreign Minister

ANI | Updated: Jan 18, 2018 20:50 IST

New Delhi [India], Janaury 18 (ANI): Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said on Thursday that Dhaka and New Delhi "are enjoying the best of relations" as the ties between the two most trusted neighbours have flourished in depth and dimensions in the last four decades.

His remarks came in a keynote speech on "Managing disruptive transitions through strong bilateral relations for regional stability" on the concluding day of three-day 3rd Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. The dialogue was organized jointly by Observer Research Foundation, a think tank, and Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has taken "landmark steps towards improving relations with India," the Foreign Minister said.

He said remarkable progress has been made in the areas of security, connectivity, development cooperation, cultural exchange, power trade, commerce and defence exchange during the last nine years since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009.

"The security cooperation, together with our collective fight against terrorism and violent extremism, continue to play an important role in achieving peace, stability and security in the region and beyond," Mahmood Ali said.

He reiterated Bangladesh's "firm and unequivocal" position against terrorism saying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has "steadfastly maintained zero tolerance to all forms of terrorism. "No terrorist outfit is allowed to operate from inside Bangladesh and jeopardise the security interests of our neighbours including India," he observed and pointed out that this commitment has been demonstrated through decisive actions in past nine years.

Mahmood Ali recalled that the solid foundation of relations between India and Bangladesh was laid by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who also floated as back as in 1972 the concept of regional cooperation in South Asia. Inspired by her father's concept Sheikh Hasina has continued to pursue regional cooperation and connectivity as a means to effectively minimize the impacts of the disruptive forces.

Speaking about the Rohingya influx from Myanmar to Bangladesh, the Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the problem can be solved permanently with sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. He referred to the recent physical arrangement finalised by the two countries to facilitate the return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

He urged India and the international community to keep putting pressure on Myanmar to ensure complete and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees. (ANI)

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