Bangladesh comes first in India's Neighbour First policy: Sushma Swaraj in Dhaka

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 23, 2017, 10:26 AM(IST)

Sushma Swaraj today inaugurated a new chancery complex of Indian High Commission at Dhaka's Baridhara diplomatic enclave. Photograph:( ANI )

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today inaugurated a new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on the last day of her Bangladesh visit. 

Emphasising the deep bilateral ties between the two countries, Ms Swaraj said, "Bangladesh comes first in India's Neighbour First policy."

"There exist a couple of issues which are yet unresolved between us (India-Afghanistan), but we assure that both are attempting to solve them with honesty," she added.

Swaraj said at the function that the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of "friendly and with right intention". 

She assured that both the countries will solve all irritants with sincerity. Sushma Swaraj also referred to the peaceful solution of the land as well as maritime boundary issues.???????

She also inaugurated 15 development projects in Bangladesh which are being funded by the government of India.

The external affairs minister lit a candle to mark the opening of a new complex of the High Commission at Dhaka's Baridhara diplomatic enclave which was previously being operated from a house in Gulshan area of the city.

Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political affairs advisor H T Imam were also present at the ceremony along with Indian High Commissioner in  Dhaka Harsh Vardhan. 

Swaraj is on her two-day-visit to Bangladesh, the second visit after 2014, which she will wrap up today. 

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