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‘India to strengthen ties with BNP’

Update : 04 Dec 2013, 01:12 PM

Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh on Wednesday 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 and held hour-long meeting with her.

Mobin briefed the media about the meeting later.

The BNP vice chairman said Sujatha told Khaleda that India’s relation with BNP 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 relation with the neighbouring countries.

“The relations between Bangladesh and India should move forward on the basis of mutual benefits,” Khaleda was quoted by Shamser to have told Sujatha.

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

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

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

When asked whether they discussed anything about the upcoming elections, Mobin said they did not discuss anything related to polls slated to be held on January 5. 

On another query, Mobin said, “India wants to see political stability in Bangladesh.”

BNP chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Shabih Uddin Ahmed, Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Pankaj Saran, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Sripriya Ranganathan, Amith Shukla, Sandeep Chakravorty and Monoj Mohapatra were present during the meeting.

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