New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on friday pitched for "speedy implementation" of the decisions taken by India and Bangaldesh to improve bilateral ties.
Addressing a group of prominent Bangladeshi personalities at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee also favoured a greater sub-regional cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India especially in improving connectivity and on issue of transit, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said in a release here.
Mukherjee said India had the privilege of extending some assistance in the historical struggle of the people of Bangladesh for freedom and India would like to see Bangladesh developed and prosperous.
"There is broad consensus amongst various political parties in India that the two countries must develop and progress together", he was quoted in the release as saying.
Mukherjee called for expediting the implementation of projects and said people should be able to see things happening on the ground quickly.
Noting that the dialogue process between scholars of the two countries was extremely important, he said such an exercise should identify critical areas where intervention by senior policy-makers was required and bring them to the attention of the respective governments.
Mukherjee has received an invitation from Bangladesh government and he expressed the hope to visit the country at a mutually convenient date.
The delegation praised Mukherjee and said the people of Bangladesh see him as a "sincere friend" and hope that bilateral relations under his guidance will reach "new heights", the release said.
They also appreciated India`s decision to grant zero duty access to the Indian market for Bangladeshi goods.
The delegation, which included Gowher Rizvi, International Affiairs Advisor to the Bangladesh PM, Reza Ali, MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Planning, Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue is in Delhi to attend the second Track-II dialogue between the Asian Institute of Transport Development of India and the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, the release said.
Tariq Karim, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, also attended the meeting along with K L Thapar, Chairman, Asian Institute of Transport Development, it added.