Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday in a courtesy call and discussed bilateral issues and the situation in Bangladesh, among other things.
This is the high commissioner’s first meeting with Khaleda Zia since he took office in January.
At the meeting the BNP chief’s Gulshan office, Harsh Vardhan told her that terrorism and extremism are major impediments to peace and development in the region.
“India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and there can be no justification for senseless acts of violence. The high commissioner conveyed that India stands firmly with Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism,” said a press release issued by the Indian High Commission following the meeting.
The Indian envoy also informed Khaleda of recent developments in bilateral cooperation.
Harsh Vardhan said: “India is fully committed to partner Bangladesh in its economic development with a pragmatic and mature approach based on sovereignty, equality, friendship, trust and understanding for the mutual benefit of peoples of both countries and collective prosperity of the region.”
According to party sources, the BNP chairperson told the Indian high commissioner that relations should be based on people-to-people contact to develop the relations, not towards any single party.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul wanted to know about the river linking project of India. In reply the Indian envoy said there is no plan of river interlinking. After the meeting, Khaleda Zia gave Harsh Vardhan a book on BNP founder Ziaur Rahman. The high commissioner also gave a present to the BNP chief.
Rajesh Uike, first secretary (political and information), Manusmriti, second secretary (political and visa) and Ranjan Mondal accompanied the Indian high commissioner.