August 17, 2022, 8:02 am

Diplomatic correspondent

2021-12-07 20:42:58 BdST

India doesn’t want any divide with Bangladesh: Momen

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said India doesn’t want to take any move that could create an issue to crack the ongoing excellent “golden chapter” of Bangladesh-India bilateral relations.

“They also don’t want to see any incident that could make any kind of (crack) over Bangladesh-India’s (golden chapter of) relations,” he told the media after visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla called on him at the Foreign Ministry.

The foreign minister said it was a courtesy meeting as Shringla discussed all bilateral issues with his Bangladesh counterpart Masud Bin Momen earlier this morning at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital.

Momen said, in brief, they discussed a number of pending issues between Bangladesh and India, including border killing and water sharing.

“They gave us a formula to check unwanted incidents in the frontier,” he added.

The foreign minister said Dhaka also urged India to expedite the process of holding the next Joint River Commission meeting to resolve the water sharing issues between the two countries.

Momen said they also discussed on how the ongoing “golden chapter” of the relations between the two nations would be put forward in the days to come.

“We have to solidify this relation … it is needed for welfare of the people of both the countries,” he added.

Terming Bangladesh-India relations as sweet, Momen said the two countries would like to elevate it further.

Shringla arrived in Dhaka this morning on a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues and also to help preparing the state visit of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind here from December 15 to 17.

The foreign minister said the Indian prime minister joined the Bangladesh 50 years independence celebration in March last while the Indian president is scheduled to join the 50th Victory Day here on December 16. “These visits made us honoured,” he said.

The Indian foreign secretary is scheduled to call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday before leaving for New Delhi.

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