India-Bangladesh ties continue their momentum despite Covid 19
January 30th, 2021 at 9:39 am
India-Bangladesh ties continue their momentum despite Covid 19

 

India-Bangladesh ties continue their momentum despite COVID 19

by Vinay Kumar in  New Delhi

The winter chill in the national Capital has given way to the warmth between India and Bangladesh. Within

two days of a historic first of a Bangladesh tri-service contingent marching on Rajpath in India’s Republic

Day parade, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Moment held Foreign Office Consultations (FOC)

with his Indian counterpart Harsh V Shringla.

India and Bangladesh carried out a comprehensive review of the progress made in their bilateral

relationship, including in the areas of COVID-19 cooperation, trade and connectivity and development

partnership.

Foreign Secretaries Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Ambassador Masud Bin Momen  co- chaired the meeting.

The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary was accompanied by Bangladesh High Commissioner Mohammad Imran, Secretary (East) Ambassador Mashfee Shams and representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs,Commerce and Water Resources of Bangladesh. The Indian delegation consisted of representatives from the

Ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Jal Shakti and Finance.

Both sides held discussions on the progress achieved in the bilateral relationship in the area of power,

energy and water resources, regional and multilateral cooperation as well as border management and

security and defence cooperation.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the discussion also focussed on preparations for the

forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka in March 2021 and events relating to the commemorationof the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two South Asian neighbors

were also discussed.

Both sides noted with appreciation the close cooperation on Covid-19 related issues, including India’s gift

of 2 million doses of COVISHIELD vaccines to Bangladesh in keeping with India’s

Neighbourhood First Policy.

Underscoring the importance of the year 2021 in the context of the 50th anniversary of the liberation

of Bangladesh, the 50th year of bilateral diplomatic ties as well as the birth centenary of Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, both sides decided to further strengthen the ongoing coordination to jointly

commemorate these anniversaries.

In this context, both sides expressed their appreciation for the participation of the Bangladesh tri-service

marching contingent at the 2021 Republic Day Parade. Both sides noted the significance of this event in

reminding present generations in both countries about the struggle and sacrifices of Indian and Bangladesh

forces and peoples during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

The FOC expressed satisfaction at the intensity of bilateral exchanges, continuing steadily despite

COVID-19.

The delegations took note of the recent meetings that both sides had after the December 17, 2020

Virtual Summit, namely, 51st BSF – BGB Director General Level Talks in Guwahati on December 22-26,

2020, the Technical Level Meeting of the Joint Rivers Commission on January 06, 2021, the first Police

Chiefs’ Dialogue on January 12, 2021 as well as the 19th Secretary-level Joint Steering Committee

meeting on power sector cooperation on January 23, 2021.

The 2nd India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue was held on January 28 in New Delhi. Both sides also agreed

to hold the next Home Secretary Level Talks, Commerce Secretary Level Talks and the Secretary Level

Meeting of Joint Rivers Commission before the March 2021 Summit.

It was also agreed to maintain the steady momentum of bilateral cooperation and people to people ties. In

this regard, both sides noted with satisfaction the renewal of the Air Travel Bubble arrangement that will

facilitate essential travel between the two sides.

Both sides noted the importance of swift implementation of the Lines of Credit in the bilateral development partnership. Expressing satisfaction that the high-level development partnership monitoring mechanism was operationalised with its first meeting held on January 03, 2021, both sides stressed the need to increase the

utilization of funds and streamlining and expediting approval processes.

 

Ambassador Masud bin Momen during his stay in New Delhi will visit the Bagabandhu – Bapu Digital

Exhibition currently on display at Vigyan Bhawan and will be interacting with Indian Foreign Service

Officer Trainees at the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service, according to MEA release.

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