The friendly ties between Bangladesh and India have grown stronger and reached a new height under the guidance of Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali yesterday told officers taking part in the 59th NDC course at National Defence College in New Delhi.
The envoy spoke on “Framework of Bangladesh-India relations: Opportunities and Challenges”.
Besides participants from India, the course has 25 overseas officers from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, United States of America, etc.
Muazzem said Bangladesh and India have focused on security, mutual trust, confidence-building and people-to-people connectivity.
He said Sheikh Hasina has restored mutual trust between the two neighbours and brought about a change in the mindset regarding the bilateral ties.
“There is now a greater recognition on both sides that the destinies of the two countries are intertwined and we must grow together,” the diplomat told officers at the prestigious course.
Muazzem said Bangladesh and India have steadily developed bilateral defence engagements in recent years.
The two countries signed five MoUs on defence cooperation during Sheikh Hasina’s India visit in 2017. The MoUs cover fields of general cooperation, training exchange and procurement of equipment, defence financing, medical cooperation and knowledge sharing between the top defence institutes of both countries.
He said both countries have strengthened security cooperation and are committed to eradicating terrorism. Bangladesh’s avowed policy is not to allow its soil for any terrorist activity against India or any other country.
It has received full cooperation from India too, the envoy added.