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Vinay Kwatra’s visit reinforces Dhaka-Delhi ‘time-tested’ ties

Published : 15 Feb 2023 10:17 PM | Updated : 16 Feb 2023 02:21 PM

In recent years, especially in the last decade, India and Bangladesh  have sustained high level of engagement, including at the leaders’ level. 

The visit of Foreign Secretary, Vinay Kwatra, helped "further strengthen the multifaceted partnership between the two countries, reinforced their time-tested ties and provided an opportunity to comprehensively review progress in the bilateral relationship."

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka made this statement on Wednesday at the end of his 14-15 February visit.

During the visit, he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen apart from the bilateral talk with his counterpart Masud Bin Momen.

He conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of India’s continued commitment to the bilateral relationship, upholding Bangladesh as the pivot of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and a key partner of its ‘Act East Policy’. 

To Dr Momen, he conveyed the greetings of External Affairs Minister. 

During the Foreign Office consultations, two foreign secretaries held wide-ranging discussions covering all aspects of the relationship. 

Both sides agreed to further strengthen ongoing bilateral cooperation, in diverse areas, including the Government of India-funded concessional Lines of Credit, trade and investment, connectivity, power and energy, defence and security, and  people-to-people ties, the Indian High Commission said.

They also agreed to enhance their cooperation and consultations on regional and international issues of shared interest. In this context, India looks forward to active participation of Bangladesh as the Guest Country at various events during India’s presidency of G-20. 

Both sides also agreed to extend reciprocal support to each other's upcoming candidature for Non-Permanent membership of the UN Security Council.