Dhaka, Aug 20 : External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday said India would give all possible support to Bangladesh for its development and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to ensure that the partnership remains a role model in South Asia. "Our partnership with Bangladesh remains an example what neighbours can do together. We work together as partners. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to ensure the partnership that remains a role model in South Asia,” Jaishankar told reporters after a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen.
Jaishankar said relations are more than strategic partnership. “We believe that when it comes to security, improved partnership against crimes, terrorism and extremism will yield direct benefit for the people of both the countries.” He said India as a development partner of Bangladesh would give all possible support to its close door neighbour. “We feel honoured to be a leading development partner of Bangladesh. We like to offer all possible support to implement Bangladesh’s development agenda,” said Jaishankar.
About the water sharing issue, both countries are looking forward to to find a mutually acceptable formula from 54 common rivers. “We are ready to make a start wherever possible,” he added. Asked sharing of the Teesta river water, he said, “We have a position you are aware of that. We have a commitment on that position and that does not change.” He said steps would be taken to boost connectivity between the two countries further, according to Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
Regarding the energy cooperation, he said both the countries have stakes in each other’s success. On people-to-people ties, he said India operates the largest consular service in Dhaka and “We want to make it seamless”. Jaishankar said the relationship between India and Bangladesh is very strong and it would strengthen further. “We are also looking forward to celebrating both the centenary of Bangabandhu and the 50 year anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.”UNI