Dhaka: Bangladesh has assured India that it would not allow its territory to be used for anti-Indian activities, as the two sides decided to further develop their friendly ties.
During talks between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Bangladeshi counterpart Iftekar Choudhary the two sides agreed to speed up talks for the early launch of train service between the two countries.
Both the leaders discussed various other issues including trade imbalance, non-tariff barriers and issues related sharing of common river waters. The Indian Minister was on a day-long visit to the neighboring country.
Bangladesh told India that it had a policy of not allowing its territory to be used by any forces inimical to the interests of India or any other country and it would continue to be bound by that. Condemning the recent bomb blasts in India, the Bangladeshi side said that they favoured good relations with India.
The statement becomes important as India has been voicing concern over Bangladesh-based elements spreading terror in India.
The two sides also expressed hope that the outstanding issues will be resolved in the near future so that the train services between Joydeepur and Sealdah can be started at the earliest.
Apart from discussing ways to resolve hurdles like non-tariff barriers, the two sides also noted that there was lot of potential to improve bilateral trade.