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India Bangladesh To Launch Joint Battle Against Radicalism

Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla meets PM Sheikh Hasina

Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla

The joint battle against radical elements came up when foreign secretary Harshvardhan Shringla called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today. 

Increased Intelligence sharing between the two countries is likely in the fight against radicalism. 

A joint consultative meeting between the foreign minister of Bangladesh, AK Abdul Momen and external affairs minister S. Jaishankar on security and counter-terrorism is likely very shortly. This is particularly significant considering the terror threat in the subcontinent emanating from Pakistan. 

Looking at the Covid situation, Shringla briefed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on India’s ideas about the economic revival post Corona. There is considerable development assistance to Bangladesh on very easy terms (1 per cent interest with a moratorium of ten years) and several projects will be completed next year. This is also in the light of China offering very generous loans to Dhaka. 

But currently, there are plans for an air bubble between India and Bangladesh. This will be for primarily businessman and medical tourists. Discussions are underway and an early announcement is likely.

Sheikh Hasina appreciated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent an envoy to Dhaka at this time. She also thanked India for the delivery of locomotives. During the hour-long meeting, the joint plans for the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman centenary and the 50th anniversary of  Indo-Bangladesh ties were discussed. A Sheikh Mujib postage stamp by India’s post and telegraph department is on the cards.

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