‘India to strengthen ties with BNP’

Indian Foreign Secretary tells the leader of the opposition that her country’s relations with the BNP will be strengthened further in future

  • Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh held an hour-long meeting with Khaleda Zia on Wednesday
    Photo- Dhaka Tribune

Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh yesterday told the leader of the opposition that her country’s relations with the BNP will be strengthened further in the days to come.

“We have worked with you (Khaleda) in the past and hope to do so in the future… we have personal relations with you…we want to make the relations with BNP stronger in the days ahead,” Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, vice-chairman of the BNP, quoted the Indian foreign secretary as saying.

Sujatha, who is in Dhaka on a 24-hour trip, arrived at the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s house around 4.40 pm with a seven-member delegation. They held an hour-long meeting with her.

Mobin briefed the media about the meeting.

The BNP vice-chairman said Sujatha told Khaleda that India’s relation with BNP had reached a “new height” following her India visit in 2012, and she hoped that it would improve further in the days to come.

In reply, Khaleda told Sujatha that she (Khaleda) wanted to build a good relationship with neighbouring countries.

“The relations between Bangladesh and India should move forward on the basis of mutual benefits,” Mobin quoted Khaleda as saying to Sujatha.

Mobin claimed Sujatha agreed with the opinion of the leader of the opposition saying India wanted to strengthen the multifaceted relations with Bangladesh.

BNP leader said Khaleda told the Indian foreign secretary that India’s interest was linked to peace and stability in Bangladesh. “If stability persists in Bangladesh, it will help gear up socioeconomic development in the region.”

The Indian foreign secretary reportedly said her country wanted to see “stability and the continuation of democracy” in Bangladesh.

“Various bilateral issues were discussed at the meeting. The Indian foreign secretary said they wanted peace and stability to continue in Bangladesh, with the continuation of democratic processes for the sake of the socioeconomic development of the region,” Mobin said.

When asked whether they discussed the upcoming elections, Mobin said they did not discuss anything related to the polls, which are slated for January 5.

Source: Dhaka Tribune