Sushma Swaraj’s message to Bangladesh: Friendship is a two-way street.

ndian External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, left and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pose for photographs during their meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 26, 2014.  (AP Photo)

India’s look East policy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s major emphasis on neighbours was reflected in his very first move when leaders of all SAARC nations were invited for the oath-taking ceremony of the BJP-led NDA Government. India considers Bangladesh as an important ally as geographically it shares nearly 4,000-km long border.

In his brief meeting with the Speaker of Bangladesh, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had underlined shared stakes in each other’s progress and prosperity and alluded to strong bilateral relations ‘rooted in shared struggle, history, culture and language.’ He had also underscored commitment of the “Government of India in maintaining and building upon the momentum that has characterised India-Bangladesh relations in recent years,” in that meet on May 27 in New Delhi.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s 3 day visit adds momentum where the prime focus was on deepening India-Bangladesh development partnership, which has emerged as a dominant win-win facet of this multi-layered relationship in the last few years. India had pledged $1 billion in Lines of Credit (LoC), the largest ever one-time bilateral grant India has given to any country during Sheikh Hasina’s New Delhi visit in January 2010.

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