Bangladesh new foreign minister, Hasan Mahmud, is set to embark on his bilateral visit to India on Tuesday, which will be of symbolic importance as it will be his first bilateral trip since he assumed his new office.
Previously, S. Jaishankar emphasized Bangladesh’s significance as a pivotal component of India’s “neighbourhood first policy” and a crucial partner for New Delhi’s “Act East policy,” aimed at strengthening connections between India and Southeast Asia. Describing India’s relationship with Bangladesh as a comprehensive “360-degree partnership,” he highlighted the strategic importance of the ties between the two nations.
The extensive 4,096.9-km-long border between India and Bangladesh underscores the vital interconnectedness of their economic and social stability. The two nations, linked by a porous border, maintain an outstanding level of bilateral relations. Bangladesh shares its border with Indian states like West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram.
India and Bangladesh actively participate in regional collaboration through various multilateral forums, including SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), and IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation), among others.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated three development projects with Indian assistance through a virtual ceremony.
The projects include the Akhaura-Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link, the Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line, and Unit II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant in Rampal, Bangladesh.
Earlier during the G-20 Leaders Summit in September 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to India to participate in the G-20 Leaders Summit.
According to an official release by MEA, “The two leaders had discussed bilateral cooperation including political and security cooperation, border management, trade and connectivity, water resources, power and energy, development cooperation, cultural and people to people ties. Current developments in the region and cooperation in the multilateral fora were also discussed.”
(With inputs from agencies)
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Published: 06 Feb 2024, 07:53 AM IST