Kovind seeks enhanced joint efforts to promote Bangladesh-India relations


Visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind today expressed his eagerness to increase the existing trade and business ties with Bangladesh through joint-efforts as he paid courtesy call on his Bangladesh counterpart M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban here this evening.

“The communications between the two countries became closer in land, air and riverine routes . . . investors of both the sides should use the facilities for increase trade and business relations,” a Bangabhaban spokesman quoted Kovind as saying after the talks, followed by a state banquet.

According to Bangladesh president’s press secretary M Joynal Abedin, Kovind assured his counterpart of continued Indian cooperation to the ongoing business investment and different development projects in coming days.

Abedin said during the meeting, the two presidents particularly emphasized on joint ventures between the two countries.

Kovind said “it is definitely a testimony of very close bilateral relations” while both the countries were celebrating the 50-year of diplomatic relations. Indian President called Hamid as a War Hero saying that Bangladesh did a tremendous success to tackle the fatal COVID-19 outbreak and “we are also proud of it”.

Kovind said bilateral cooperation over the COVID-19 pandemic would help the two countries to work together to overcome the situation.

He praised the participation of Bangladesh contingents at the Indian National Day march-past event and subsequently the Indian contingents’ members at the Bangladesh Victory Day’s programme in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh president said bilateral relations began during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War which now reached a “unique height” as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina started a new chapter in diplomatic relations.

Hamid said over the past one decade, relations between the two countries were expanded in the areas of security, border demarcation, power, energy, trade and commerce, infrastructure, communication and eventually the relations between the people of the two countries have strengthened.