Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today reiterated India’s commitment to strengthen its bilateral relationship with Bangladesh based on friendship, trust, and understanding for the mutual benefit of people and the collective prosperity of the entire region.
Interacting with Bangladeshi Diplomats at Uparashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today, the Vice President said that India was fully supportive of the hopes and aspirations of the people of Bangladesh.
“India and Bangladesh today enjoy a strong and vibrant partnership. The fact that around 100 agreements/MoUs have been signed between our two countries in the last five years and especially in high-technology areas including space, civil nuclear energy, cyber-security and IT, is a testimony of our expanding and strengthening bilateral relations,” he added.
Stressing that progress and prosperity were meaningful only when it was shared, shared with our friends, shared with our neighbours, the Vice President expressed confidence that Bangladesh would support India in its quest for inclusive and sustainable development of the region.
Vice President Naidu said that India and Bangladesh jointly have the potential to steer the Bay of Bengal region to great prosperity and stressed the need for both countries to play an active role in BIMSTEC to fully utilize the opportunities existing in this sub-region.
Stating that there was rising confidence and optimism about India all around the world, the Vice President said that India has been constantly reforming laws and improving the ease of doing business to sustain the growth momentum. He said that India’s economic stability was reinforced by strong fundamentals and resilient institutions and was at its vibrant best. “As a society, we are breaking shackles of Social evils that hinder our progress,” he added.
Observing that peace and stability in our neighbourhood was an essential pre-condition to furthering our agenda of inclusive and sustainable development, the Vice President said that India has always adhered to the principles of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ as encapsulated in one of the core mantras of our civilization ‘Loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu’.
Referring to initiatives such as Lines of Credit of over US$ 8 billion for various infrastructure projects, increase in increasing connectivity by rail, road, air and waterways and the liberalized visa policy and long-term multiple entry visas, the Vice President said that India has been partnering in the development of its neighbour.
Vice President Naidu told the delegation that India was fully aware of the heavy burden on Bangladesh as a result of the influx of lakhs of displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar and that it appreciates Bangladesh for its humanitarian gesture towards these displaced persons. He said that Bangladesh could count on India’s full support towards your bilateral efforts with Myanmar in the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas back to Myanmar.
During the interaction, the Vice President also stressed the need to restructure and reform multilateral organizations such as the especially the United Nations to reflect the new global realities. “We seek the strong support of our neighbours in pitching the agenda of reforming these international organizations so that policies that affect the entire world are not decided by a few,” he added.