Dhaka – Bangladesh and India today reinforced pledge for a “zero tolerance” policy against terrorism and extremism alongside making their border peaceful.
The next-door neighbours came up firm against terrorism as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Nardendra Modi held official talks in New Delhi.
“We both pledged ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism and violent extremism and reiterated our strong commitment to make our borders peaceful and free from criminal activities,” Hasina said in a statement after the official talks with the Indian premier.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported that two premiers, she said, discussed the issues of water resources management including sharing of water of common rivers like Teesta, the Padma-Ganges Barrage Project and basin-wise management of the trans-boundary streams.
“I sincerely believe that we shall be able to get India’s support in resolving these issues expeditiously,” the Bangladesh premier said.
Hasina described her meeting with Modi to be “productive” as they sat together to take Bangladesh-India excellent bilateral relations to newer height.
“We discussed all aspects of our ever growing relationship to enhance our understanding about mutual concerns and priorities,” she said.
Hasina called India the “most important neighbour and one of key development partners of Bangladesh” also recalling its invaluable contribution to Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War for which “we are deeply grateful”.
Hasina said she was happy to honour the 1971 martyrs of Indian Armed Forces during her current visit to Delhi.
She announced with appreciation that New Delhi has agreed to support Bangladesh’s efforts to obtain international recognition of ‘Genocide of 1971’ as Dhaka sought India’s assistance towards that end.