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India-Bangladesh Bilateral Meet

  • 05 Mar 2021
  • 5 min read

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Recently, India’s External Affairs Minister visited Bangladesh for a bilateral meet.

Key Points

  • Bangladesh’s Stand:
    • Resolution of Problems:
      • Problems between neighbouring countries should be resolved through discussions and negotiations.
    • Prioritising Each Others Benefit:
      • Need to focus on possible ways to materialise commitments and accommodate each other’s priorities in a mutually beneficial manner.
    • Cooperation During Covid-19:
      • Bangladesh acknowledged the collaborative initiative of the two countries in implementing the vaccination programme against the ongoing pandemic.
      • Bangladesh purchased the Covid vaccine from Serum Institute of India.
        • Bangladesh is the largest recipient of 9 million doses of Made in India vaccine.
    • Multidimensional Relationship:
      • Both countries are committed to expand their relationship in all dimensions, ranging from security, trade, transport and connectivity, culture, people-to-people ties, energy, joint development of our shared resources and defence.
  • India’s Stand:
    • Congratulated Bangladesh :
      • On its graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status.
      • Bangladesh has been on the United Nations (UN) Least Developed Countries list since 1975.
      • Bangladesh fulfilled all the criteria necessary for its elevation to a developing country in 2018.
      • Therefore the UN has recommended graduation of Bangladesh from the category of Least Developed Country (LDC).
      • Once it receives the final recommendation, Bangladesh will formally graduate to the developing nation bracket in 2026.
    • More than Strategic Partners:
      • India-Bangladesh relations transcend strategic partnership, and bonding of both the countries is central to the realisation of a dream of a peaceful, prosperous and progressive South Asia.
    • Continued Interaction During Covid:
    • Teesta Issue:
      • India and Bangladesh would have a meeting of Water Resources secretaries to discuss the Teesta issue.
    • Development of Connectivity:
      • India is keen to focus on the development of connectivity with Bangladesh and beyond for next 20 years to change the region's geo-economic scenario.
    • Bangladesh Central to India’s Policies:
    • Progress on Ground Situation:

Way Forward

  • A year after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019-National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue strained the robust ties between the two countries, quiet diplomacy appears to have worked. India must keep up the partnership that allows for economic growth and improved developmental parameters for both countries.
  • Deepening relationship with Bangladesh has become a necessity in the face of shifting geo-economics. Bangladesh, with its growing economic success provides a vital partnership in the region.
    • The two countries share 54 transboundary rivers, and water management is the key to prosperity.
  • Bangladesh-India relations have reached a stage of maturity. There is scope for India-Bangladesh ties to move to the next level, based on cooperation, coordination and consolidation.
  • It is important to address specific issues like Teesta and to respond to Dhaka’s call for help on the Rohingya issue.

Source:IE

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