Press Release Summary = Bangladesh and India feel that their relations are now on a 'solid footing' following exchange of a number of high-level visits, including the one by the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia to New Delhi last month.
Press Release Body = Bangladesh and India feel that their relations are now on a 'solid footing' following exchange of a number of high-level visits, including the one by the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia to New Delhi last month. 'I can tell you that our bilateral relations are now on a solid footing, grounded in reality and motivated by a common desire to work for the good of our people,' the foreign minister, M Morshed Khan told a seminar referring to Khaleda's recent visit to New Delhi. Veena Sikri, the Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, also gave a positive note on the visit. She said the two countries had tremendous opportunities to work closely together to find mutually satisfactory solutions to all issues ranging from security to water sharing. The Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh, organized the seminar on 'Bangladesh-India relations: The context of SAARC and the emerging global scenario' on Thursday at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city. The discussion came against the backdrop of Khaleda's visit to India from March 20-22. Moderated by the CDRB chairman, Mizanur Rahman Shelly, the seminar was addressed among others by former state minister for foreign affairs, Abul Hasan Chowdhury, former ambassador, Masum Ahmed Chowdhury and journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury. The foreign minister narrated the deals the two neighbours had stuck during the prime minister's visit to India and expressed satisfaction saying that he did not miss the train of opportunity that he had mentioned beforehand. He said the deepening bilateral engagement argues well for the process of promoting regional cooperation, especially in the SAARC. He referred to the 13th summit of the regional forum in Dhaka and said the summit had witnessed a major leap forward for regional cooperation in South Asia. Veena Sikri, said Bangladesh prime minister's visit to India was keenly awaited and warmly welcomed. Her (Khaleda) visit provided the opportunity to strengthen and consolidate the traditionally close and friendly relations through discussions at the highest level. She said India had been following up the commitments that were made during the Bangladesh prime minister's visit. The Indian envoy hoped that a number of forthcoming meetings between high officials of the two countries would be useful and important. 'Working together, we can unlock the potential of our region by dismantling existing barriers,' Sikri said. Abul Hasan Chowdhury emphasised more people- to- people contact. He suggested collaborative ventures to tap the potential of water and energy sectors between the two countries. In his keynote paper, Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University department of international relations said the Indo-Bangla relations were faced with certain puzzles which needed to be addressed with or without feelings of friendship or conversely animosity.
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