Stronger Dhaka-Delhi ties needed for regional security, development
Strengthening the historical Bangladesh-India ties is necessary to serve common interests, including ensuring regional security and economic development and combating terrorism, speakers told a discussion yesterday.
Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee organised the discussion, “Bangladesh-India Ties and Regional Security”, in the capital's WVA auditorium marking the 43rd anniversary of India recognising an independent Bangladesh.
The committee's acting president Prof Muntassir Mamoon said December 6 was a historic day for India and Bhutan's recognition expedited victory.
Stating that the neighbouring countries were benefitting for the ties, the strengthening of which started after Awami League assumed office, the eminent historian recalled the immense contribution of Indians, especially former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and expressed deep gratitude.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka Sandeep Chakravorty said the close ties played a key role in ensuring a security environment better than any other world regions.
India will always stand by Bangladesh, he said, expressing hope that Bangladesh would reciprocate. A minute's silence was observed commemorating Indian soldiers killed in Bangladesh's Liberation War.
The committee leader Mamtaz Latif, columnist Syed Mahabubur Rashid, Human Right Congress for Bangladesh Minorities General Secretary Rabindranath Tribedi also spoke with the committee Senior Vice Chairperson Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury in the chair.