India happy to contribute in Bangladesh's development: Pranab



New Delhi: Expressing satisfaction over recent progress in bilateral relations, President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India is happy to contribute in Bangladesh's development.

"Multifaceted cooperation between the two countries has further strengthened through a number of initiatives taken by both sides over the recent past.

"India is happy to contribute and participate in Bangladesh's development," he told Bangladesh's Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury during a meeting on Wednesday.

Chowdhury is in India to explore cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two neighbours.

"The President conveyed to the agriculture minister that India would be happy to extend every assistance possible to Bangladesh in the field of agriculture," a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson release said today.

Mukherjee expressed satisfaction over progress in India-Bangladesh relations in recent times and appreciated Dhaka's efforts in this regard, it said.

The President told the visiting minister that India is a natural and primary development partner of Bangladesh.

He said he was glad to meet her at this important period when the bilateral relationship is at an all time high.

Mukherjee asked Begum Chowdhury to convey his greetings to President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the release added.

PTI