NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India-Bangladesh relations are on an upward trajectory and is a model worthy of showcasing to the world, even as he pledged to continue consolidating ties during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s new term in office, according to statements from both countries.
The Indian foreign ministry statement quoted Modi saying that bilateral ties were “on an upward trajectory in the last few years". “He reaffirmed India’s commitment to work with Bangladesh to build on this momentum during the new term in office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina."
The Bangladesh statement said Modi “reaffirmed India’s sincere commitment for Bangladesh’s prosperity and development. He (Modi) viewed that Bangladesh-India relations is a model between two neighbouring countries which needs to be showcased for wider audience around the world".
Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen requested India’s support for early repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar, and Modi “assured" Momen of India’s cooperation, a statement from the Bangladesh High Commission said.
Momen is in New Delhi on his first visit since the 30 December national polls in Bangladesh, which returned Awami League leader Hasina to power for a third term.
Momen will co-chair the fifth meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) on Friday, with Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. Four pacts, including one on cooperation between anti-corruption agencies of the two countries and another on the training of Bangladeshi diplomats in India, are expected to be signed after the JCC.
Momen also conveyed Hasina’s appreciation to Modi “for extending congratulations" to Awami League’s victory in the parliamentary polls.