India to step up intelligence sharing with Bangladesh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla wound up his two-day sprint to Dhaka throughout which he mentioned stepped up intelligence sharing, sharing of the Covid vaccine and a highway map for Indian developmental help with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his counterpart Masud Bin Momen.

The significance of the go to will be gauged from the truth that this was Shringla’s first go to for the reason that pandemic broke out. Similarly, Shringla was Hasina’s first abroad customer since March.

“I had a very satisfactory visit, a very short visit,” Shringla instructed the media in Dhaka. “When vaccine is developed, friends, partners, and neighbours will get it without any saying . . . for us Bangladesh is always a priority,” he mentioned.

“[The] reason is that our PM felt during COVID time there is not much contact, but the relationship (India-Bangladesh) must continue. We must continue to move forward towards our strong bilateral relations and I came primarily to look at that point,” he added.

The Indian aspect opted to play up the intelligence sharing angle in view of the dire strait of Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh amidst experiences that their poverty was a breeding floor for felony exercise in addition to radicalisation. Given India’s sensitivity on Pakistan as soon as once more attempting to revive its community, this time doubtlessly by means of the Rohingyas, it was determined to carry a gathering between the 2 Foreign Ministers within the close to future.

Shringla additionally defined to Hasina the Indian strategy to contributing to Bangladesh’s improvement together with straightforward loans and the potential of a number of tasks being accomplished subsequent 12 months. He additionally mentioned the plans for an air bubble between India and 5 of its neighbours together with Bangladesh.

A number of weeks earlier than the go to, India had despatched 10 diesel locomotives to Bangladesh.

They additionally mentioned joint plans to watch Sheikh Mujibur Rahman centenary and the 50th anniversary of Indo-Bangladesh ties. India is more likely to launch a postage stamp of Sheikh Mujib. Shringla additionally spoke on the beginning of a cargo ferry service and the potential of shortly finishing some tasks such because the Akhaura-Agartala rail hyperlink and the Khulna thermal plant in time for the celebrations.

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