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Comprehensive India-Bangladesh Ties Must for Prosperous South Asia
Jul 02, 2014

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who was on an official visit to Bangladesh said, that India seeks a comprehensive and equitable partnership with Bangladesh for a secure and prosperous South Asia. India has focussed on productive partnerships with its immediate neighbours. We are convinced India's development cannot be complete and sustainable unless we succeed in building productive partnerships with our immediate neighbours. We will therefore devote our energy to working much more closely in pursuit of our development goals. We will walk the extra mile to create opportunities and to build virtuous cycles of prosperity in the region. We will pursue the goal of economic integration and inter connectivity through trade, investment, transportation, capacity building, environment-friendly practices and means that promote equitable development in the region. Building a comprehensive and equitable partnership with Bangladesh is essential for realisation of our vision of a stable secure and prosperous South Asia.

  • The external affairs minister conveyed the decision of the government of India that Bangladeshi nationals below 13 and above 65 years of age will be eligible for five-year multiple entry visas as against the current practice of multiple entry for one year.

  • The issue of energy cooperation also discussed between two nations and India has agreed to supply an additional 100 MW of power from the Palatana project in Tripura.

  • India's also showed its willingness to increase the frequency of the Maitree Express and the number of air-conditioned coaches between the two countries, provided Bangladesh is agreeable.

  • India and Bangladesh also discussed on a possible Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus service.

  • Indian External Affairs minister assured Bangladesh  that the Indian government is trying to reach a consensus on a water sharing formula for the Teesta river so that a treaty could soon be signed.

  • Besides that, both countries are hopeful about implementing the long-pending Land Boundary Agreement very soon.

  • India also talked for a special economic zone for Indian investors.


The two ministers also discussed trade and investment, security, connectivity, and border management, among other issues. 


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