New Delhi, Jan 14 : Making it amply clear that the bonhomie in bilateral relations will continue despite certain rows, India on Tuesday extended its support to establish a film city in Bangladesh and an MoU for the co-production of a film on BangaBandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was also inked.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar met Bangladesh Information Minister, Muhammad H Mahmud and the MoU between National Film Development Corporation(NFDC), India and Film Development Corporation, Bangladesh was signed in their presence. The funds required for the film has already been allocated by the Indian Government.
'Happy to inform that a formal MoU for the co-production of a film on BangaBandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was inked today.The film, to be directed by eminent director/producer Shri Shyam Benegal, will be completed on time & released as part of centenary celebrations of BangaBandhu,' Mr Javadekar said in his tweet.
Both sides also agreed to scale up joint production and exchange of programs between official broadcasters and Radio. Prior to Mr Mahmud's visit to Delhi, at least three Bangladesh Ministers - A K Abdul Momen (Foreign Minister), MoS Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan cancelled their scheduled visits to India. Bangladesh on Saturday issued a clarification that MoS for Foreign Affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, will not be participating in the Raisina Dialogue programme to be held here but maintained that the "inability of his participation has no other connection".
"Ministry of Foreign Affairs (of Bangladesh) has noticed few misleading news items published in different media regarding the supposed visit of State Minister for Foreign Affairs to participate in Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi ...It may be noted that there was no bilateral engagement scheduled during the visit. The inability of his participation has no other connection," a statement from Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has said in Dhaka. However, the cancellation of Mr Alam's visit was interpreted in a section of media that it is related to the controversy related to the Citizenship Amendment Act. Bangladesh MoFA clarified: "The Ministry would like to convey that State Minister Md Shahriar Alam was invited as a speaker in the Raisina Dialouge which coincides with his visit to UAE to accompany the Prime Minister of Bangladesh (Sheikh Hasina).
As such State Minister Alam could not avail the participation. A regret letter, on this regard, has already been communicated with ORF". India last month asserted despite CAA row it enjoys 'excellent' relationship with Bangladesh. "There have been comments about some of the meetings getting cancelled or postponed with Bangladesh. We have to understand that with Bangladesh there are over 75 dialogue mechanisms and dates are decided through mutual consultations," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters at the weekly media briefing here on December 19. (UNI)