B`desh to deepen ties with India: Moni

Bangladesh government on Saturday underlined its determination to deepen ties with India.

Dhaka: The government on Saturday underlined its
determination to deepen ties with India and other countries in
the region as Bangladesh had paid a heavy price for strained
relations with its neighbours.

"There is no alternative to maintaining good relations
and friendship with the neigbours...the people felt severely
what cost they had to pay for strained ties with neighbours in
the past 40 years," Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said, a day
after a successful three-day visit of her Indian counterpart S
M Krishna to Bangladesh.

Moni said the Awami League-led government under the
leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took steps to
improve ties with India and other regional countries as it had
paid for strained relations with neighbours.

Speaking at a book launch function in the capital said
the bitter experience had prompted the Awami League to take
steps to develop ties with the next door neighbours.

Moni called her talks with Krishna "very successful
and productive" as "significant progress has been made on all
unresolved issues".

"I hope the progress that has already been made on
different issues will have a successful conclusion during the
Indian premier’s visit," she said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to
visit Bangladesh during 6-7 September. Hasina said that people
of Bangladesh are looking forward to the visit of her Indian

India`s crucial support during Bangladesh’s 1971
`Liberation War` against Pakistan was instrumental in the
defeat of the Pakistani military. However, the relations has
not always been smooth, with bilateral ties often facing

Many experts argue that the lowest ebb was during
2001-2006 when Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party
(BNP)-led the four party rightwing coalition government.

During a press conference in Dhaka last week, Krishna
said there was no trust deficit in bilateral ties.

"It`s in a high trajectory in recent times (and) there
is absolutely no deficit of trust in relations between India
and Bangladesh," he said.

While Moni said India-Bangladesh relations has been
passing "probably in their best phase" Krishna said the Indian
Prime Minister was looking forward to his visit to Bangladesh
in September as he "has affection and admiration for the
people of Bangladesh".

Krishna said the two countries recognised the
importance of addressing each other`s concerns.


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