It is imperative that, in order for the relationship to grow, existing issues are resolved
One of the most commendable steps taken by the current government has been to establish new relationships with nations and continue to nurture old ones, especially with the likes of regional powers such as India, with whom we have much in common in terms of culture, heritage, and history.
In this regard, it is encouraging to note the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, with whom his Bangladeshi counterpart, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, discussed a range of ongoing bilateral issues.
These discussions are a pathway towards establishing agreements which further the goals of both nations, creating win-win situations with the intent of growing together, not at the cost of another nation’s harm.
While the issues discussed included finding opportunities for increasing cooperation, connectivity, and trade, what was even more encouraging was no stone was left unturned, as the relationship between our two nations has not always been one which has run smoothly, with there being existing issues which still require much attention.
For example, the Teesta water sharing agreement and the killing of Bangladeshi nationals at the hands of India’s Border Security Force have resulted in much controversy, and it is hoped that the regret expressed by Dr Jaishankar at the loss of life and his optimism at the two nations’ ability to solve these problems bear fruit.
There is no doubt that the collaborative efforts between the two nations have played a significant role in each nation’s development journey, including the availability of vaccines most recently, and it is imperative that, in order for the relationship to grow, existing issues are resolved and agreements are reached which provide bilateral benefits.