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India accords highest priority to partnership with Bangladesh: Swaraj

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

remains ready to provide maximum possible support to since a prosperous and progressive is in India's national interest, Swaraj has said.

In her opening statement at the 5th India-Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting held on Friday, Swaraj said the two sides should continue to deepen partnership in defence and security, including increasing cooperation against terrorist groups.

Swaraj held the JCC meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart A K

She said accords highest priority to its partnership with

"I want to reiterate that stands in full support of Sheikh Hasina's developmental agenda. We remain ready to provide maximum possible support since a prosperous, secure and progressive Bangladesh is in India's direct national interest," she said.

"This is why our government was able to settle long standing bilateral issues including on our land boundary. This is also the reason that we believe all pending issues can also be similarly brought to amicable solutions," she said.

She noted that close economic cooperation in support of Bangladesh's rapid economic development and creation of cross-border infrastructure links, both in and transport, to support economic development in both countries is a fundamental aspect of the partnership.

Swaraj also emphasised on a greater cooperation in the sector, in building roads, railways, ports and inland waterways and in using such connectivity for mutual benefit will create jobs, reduce costs and enhance mobility for both of the nations.

She said India's grant in aid projects and credit lines are designed to support Bangladesh aspirations of becoming a middle income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041.

She pointed out that as many as 90 bilateral agreements have been signed since Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh in 2015. These also cover new and for the first time.

The two sides also inked three pacts, including in the areas of and training of civil servants, on Friday.

The three MoUs signed were on mid-career training of 1,800 Bangladeshi civil servants, another between and the of Bangladesh on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants and the third between the and

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 22:55 IST