Awami League leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif says his party is keen to improve its relations with India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming days.
Hanif, the party's joint general secretary, said an array of issues were discussed with visiting BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav at Hotel Sonargaon on Monday morning.
Awami League Presidium Member Faruk Khan, Joint General Secretary Dipu Moni, Publicity Secretary Hasan Mahmud and Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, also participated in the meeting.
“We have a long friendly relationship with India. Our discussion touched on the ways to strengthen this relationship between the two parties," Hanif said. "I hope our relationship with BJP will gradually get deeper.”
Hanif noted that besides ensuring political stability, relationship between all the political parties of the two countries must be improved for future development of both countries.
When asked about the Rohingya issue, the Awami League leader said it was Myanmar's internal issue.
"It has fallen on our shoulders after they (the Rohingya) came to Bangladesh. The international community is of the opinion that the issue must be solved by none other than Myanmar. India also thinks like that. We hope it will be resolved gradually as the international community is concerned about it,” he said.
Asked if he discussed the issue with Madhav, Hanif said, “Today's meeting was an informal courtesy call. But this issue was discussed. India hopes the problem will be solved fairly well by the steps taken by the international community.”
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune