Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue to begin Friday
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, February 16: The 10th round of the Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue will begin on Friday (February 18) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries.
The two-day Friendship Dialogue will be held in Shimla, the capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The dialogue will focus on reviewing bilateral relations and further strengthening ties between the two friendly countries in various fields of cooperation. The Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies and the India Foundation are jointly organizing the dialogue titled 'Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue' with the participation of policy makers, diplomats and experts on Bangladesh-India relations.
The two-day dialogue will focus on trade and investment, connectivity, technology, energy, regional security, extremism and sustainable development. Officials participating in the dialogue are expected to make a number of recommendations based on the outcome of the talks to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Alok Bansal, director of the India Foundation, said a 38-member Bangladesh delegation comprising policymakers, experts and diplomats is expected to join the dialogue. Guests from Bangladesh will start coming to India from Thursday to attend the event.
The Bangladesh delegation will include Awami League presidium members Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Mirza Azam, Asim Kumar Ukil, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, former diplomat Tareq Karim, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran and many others.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, former BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh and director of the India Foundation, Alok Bansal, will be in the Indian delegation.
The ninth round of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue was held in Cox's Bazar in November, 2019.