শুক্রবার, ২২ ফেব্রুয়ারী ২০১৯, ০৫:৪৪ পূর্বাহ্ন
Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded the 5th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission between Bangladesh and India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in New Delhi this afternoon.
Upon arrival, the Indian External Affairs Minister warmly received the Bangladesh Minister at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan. She congratulated Minister Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. In her opening remarks, the Indian Minister underscored that trust and partnership are the bedrock of understanding between India and Bangladesh. She highlighted that both countries are two of the fastest growing economies in the world and India stands in full support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development agenda. Indian External Affairs Minister noted with satisfaction that Bangladesh-India bilateral relations are going through a ‘Shonali Oddhay’. Minister Momen highlighted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi, the relations have reached unprecedented heights.
During the meeting, the two Ministers discussed the status of the entire gamut of bilateral issues between in a very cordial environment. The Ministers expressed satisfaction that both countries are working closer than ever before in every sector.
Foreign Minister Momen requested for water sharing of all common rivers including early resolution of the Teesta water sharing. The Indian External Affairs Minister assured that they would work for early conclusion of Teesta water sharing agreement. Foreign Minister Momen sought India’s cooperation for early repatriation of the Rohingyas. He emphasized that economic diplomacy is emerging as a foreign policy priority for Bangladesh. He noted that resource mobilization for achieving the SDGs and the importance of South South and triangular cooperation for developing countries, where India could play a crucial role.
Following the talks, the two Ministers witnessed signing of four MoUs were signed between both sides related to training of Bangladesh mid-career civil servants in India, on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, on cooperation on anti-corruption issues and for facilitating investments in the Indian Economic Zone in Mongla. A joint press release was issued after the talks.
Foreign Minister Momen is leading a 21 member delegation to India for the 5th JCC. The 4th JCC was held in Dhaka in October 2017.