02:56 AM, December 07, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:57 AM, December 07, 2016

New initiatives soon to deepen ties with India: FM

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Terming Bangladesh-India relation as unique, multi-dimensional and diversified, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said more new initiatives will be adopted to strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two neighbours.

"It is expected that fruitful discussions will take place over bilateral issues and adopting new initiatives to take forward the relations further," he told a discussion in the capital’s Cirdap auditorium.

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee organised the discussion marking the 45 years of India’s recognition to independent Bangladesh, chaired by Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, an adviser to the Committee. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla was special guest.

The minister expressed deep gratitude to India for its cooperation during the country’s Liberation War.

He said the premier during her visit to India this month would inaugurate the formal honour awarding programme to those Indian soldiers who died during the Liberation War.

In his keynote speech, Shahriar Kabir, acting president of the Committee, suggested the government to hold discussion with neighbouring India, China and Thailand apart from bilateral talks with Myanmar about the Rohingya crisis.

Col (retd) Abu Osman Chowdhury, sector commander of Liberation War; Maj Gen (retd) Helal Morshed Khan, chairman of Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council; Prof Muntassir Mamoon; Dr Meghna Guhathakurta; and Dr Nuzhat Choudhury; also spoke.

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