Update December 13, 2015

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Bangladesh now emerged as a self-confident country: Saran

Sumel Sarker

Pankoj soron

Bangladesh now emerged as a self-confident country: Saran

13 December 2015, Nirapad News: Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran today described Bangladesh as a “self-confident country” earning its high status in the global arena through “tremendous progress” in economic sector while its ties with Delhi developed in “many directions” during the past several years.

“Bangladesh is moving fast in economic side . . . it has achieved spectacular progress in ready-made garment (RMG) while its IT appeared as a booming sector witnesses in recent years,” he said while

interacting with journalists at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in the city’s Gulshan area this evening.

He said the two neighbours simultaneously witnessed development ties in “many directions” due to the mutual trust and understanding generated in the last few years.

‘These sorts of trust and understanding have made the process easier to resolve all pending issues…we have been able to open up our relationship and new area of cooperation,” he added.

Saran is set to leave Dhaka next month to take up his new assignment as Indian ambassador in Moscow while New Delhi’s current envoy in Thailand Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been named as his successor.

During his an hour long interaction with a group of select journalists, Saran talked about different issues covering Indo-Bangla relations, resolving long pending issues between the two neibouring countries, further expansion of cooperation in security, energy, health and environment sectors.

About sharing of waters of common rivers, he called it an issue of common importance and said “we have to take into account the ground reality about the scarcity of water . . . dialogue is the only way to solve this problem”.

Asked for comments about the still widened bilateral trade gap, the envoy said he himself was unhappy with the volume of Bangladesh’s export to his country to reduce the imbalance though “we have opened our market for Bangladeshi products”.

Replying to a question on the trend of Dhaka-Delhi ties Saran categorically said that there was no change in the position of India took on January 5 polls in Bangladesh.

“The (January 5 elections) in Bangladesh was a constitutional necessity. We cannot prescribe how or by whom the Bangladeshi people would be governed, it is the people (here) who have chosen their leadership . . . so we will deal with the government of the day,” he said.

The Indian envoy said since India is democratic country, it support democracy as it believe in democracy “but, when it comes to affair of another independent country it is the people of that particular country to decide”.

Saran appreciated Bangladesh people for their “extra-ordinary” warmth and open minded nature while he especially lauded the young generation in the country for their talent and hard work.

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