A democratic, secular Bangladesh in India`s interest: President
On Board Air India One: President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday said a "democratic, secular and progressive" Bangladesh was in India`s interest and India had conveyed the need to maintain communal peace and harmony at a time the neighbouring country is rocked by clashes that has seen over 70 deaths.
"A democratic, secular and progressive Bangladesh is clearly in India`s interest," the president said in a statement on his way back from his three-day maiden visit to Bangladesh.
"In this context, we conveyed to all our interlocutors the need for an inclusive political process; and the maintenance of communal peace and harmony."
He said India was hopeful that internal political differences in Bangladesh can be resolved through dialogue "and that the rights of all communities would be fully respected".
Mukherjee was referring to the clashes in Bangladesh between the Jamaat-e-Islami and the authorities since last Thursday that has left over 70 people dead. The Jamaat, a key ally of the opposition Bangladesh National Party, called a hartal or strike March 3 and 4, during the Indian president`s state visit.
Earlier, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni had compared the violence unleashed by the Jamaat to that by pro-Pakistani elements in 1971. She had said the Islamists were attacking temples and burning the homes of minorities in Bangladesh.
Mukherjee said he was returning from Bangladesh "with the hope and confidence that India and Bangladesh can together build a better future for our people, and that our relations can serve as an example for the rest of South Asia".
"My visit has served to reinforce the special importance that the government and people of India attach to developing the best possible relations with an important and large neighbour like Bangladesh.
"We believe that a strong, stable and rapidly developing Bangladesh is in the interest of not only its people but in the interest of the entire region. I, therefore, assured the government and people of Bangladesh that India will be a willing, long-term development partner," he said.
Mukherjee said he was "impressed by the vibrancy" of its people.
"Like India, they have a large population of youth. They are committed to democracy, tolerance, an inclusive social order, free media and building a modern and progressive state," he said.
"They seek to consolidate the institutes of democracy and keep alive the spirit of their liberation struggle. We wish them well in this great endeavour," he added.
He also stressed on the need to enhance greater people to people exchanges.
"I made it clear that we wish to grow together with Bangladesh because our destinies are interlinked. Apart from bilateral cooperation, we are now preparing to expand our cooperation at the sub-regional level. This holds great promise for the security, growth and connectivity that can transform the entire region," he added.
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