The Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh has been a landmark achievement in the realm of India’s diplomatic relations with SAARC neighbours. A successful completion of the implementation process is …Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has successfully ended his visit to Bangladesh with a rousing public oration, amidst some lingering doubts expressed by the Bangladeshi media about the Teesta water sharing …Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh has been a forward-looking step, in the effort to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The progress made with the land boundary …Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day maiden visit to Bangladesh is of significant strategic importance. Security, economic cooperation, and connectivity will be the focal points of talks during his visit. Ties …Read More
In a historic step that brought to a closure the decades-old territorial dispute, India and Bangladesh signed a path-breaking agreement June 6 that formalized the 40-year-old Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, enabling the two countries to exchange land enclaves in each other’s territory.
The historic agreement was signed by the foreign secretaries of India and Bangladesh in the presence of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wajed.
Marking a transformational moment in relations between the two neighbours, the Indian parliament had unanimously approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to give full effect to the Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 with Bangladesh and the related 2011 Protocol.Read More
Peace and stability in Bangladesh is vital for India to improve connectivity with the North Eastern states and with East Asia, as envisaged in the Act East Policy. Mr Modi’s two day visit to the Bangladeshi capital, which begins on 6th June, is important for the multifarious issues which shall be on the table with our largest trading partner in South Asia.
Economic cooperation can be a win-win situation, and Bangladesh has offered space for Indian industries in its Special Economic Zone. New Delhi has offered financial assistance in tune of $200 million grant for development projects. Bangladesh has allowed India to use its territory and infrastructure to ferry 10,000 tonne foodgrains to Tripura. Bangladesh which proposes to build a deep sea port can be a partner with India in ship building.
Bangladesh is the first Muslim majority country that PM Modi has is visiting, before he embarks on his tour to West Asian and Central Asian countries in the coming months. If he wins the hearts of Bangladeshis, it will strengthen not only his neighbourhood first policy, but also his agenda for sub-regional cooperation within SAARC (mandated under the SAARC Charter) and revitalise his Act East Policy. Keeping in view the difficulties in taking the SAARC agenda forward owing to issues with Pakistan, India can catalyze cooperation within SAARC by taking Bangladesh into confidence.