Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh-India ties were organic

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh India ties were organic and it goes beyond a few billion dollars of trade as both countries have shed blood together during the liberation struggle of the country.

About  ties with India Ms. Hasina said that despite  differences in size and capacity compared to India Bangladesh can only secure its peace and security through sustainable development and connectivity. She said Bangladesh and India are joining hands to develop the river navigation between the two countries.

Speaking  on Tuesday at the meeting of World Economic Forum in Dalian on the first day of her five day visit to China,  Ms. Hasina said she is not worried about falling into a debt  trap due to Chinese involvement in many of the developmental projects. She said Bangladesh has negotiated its projects with China rightly keeping in mind people’s interest.

She said that Bangladesh is ready to join an inclusive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) since faster integration  with global supply chain is the future of Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Hasina outlined a five point agenda to address key concerns of weaker economies of the world.  Expanding upon her vision she said that stability in the region, sustainable development, mutual trust for mutual benefit, inclusive development and competition rather than rivalry are its key elements.

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