Bangladesh ties with India, China stand on distinct perspectives: Minister

10 Aug 2020 10:25 AM
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Bangladesh's ties with India and China shouldn't be compared as they stand on different perspectives, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday, describing Dhaka's romantic relationship with New Delhi while "historic" and "rock-sound" which can't be hindered by anything.

Momen's remarks came after he visited a good memorial complex at western Meherpur bordering India to shell out tributes to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

We must not compare the romantic relationships from an identical standpoint," he told newsmen.

Our ties with India are historic...rock-solid; this is a bloodstream relation while monetary issues mainly designed our relations with China, Momen said.

Our victory is India's victory. Our production can be India's development...nothing may hinder this (Bangladesh-India) relation.

The minister's comments came in response to questions about Dhaka's ties with New Delhi and Beijing against the background of border tensions between Bangladesh's two giant neighbours.

Momen called the existing Dhaka-New Delhi relations tremendously great and said both countries were collection to celebrate jointly up coming 12 months Bangladesh's 50th anniversary of Independence.

He said Bangladesh and India resolved major bilateral matters like land and maritime boundaries and reliability concerns amicably while attaining improvement on water sharing.

"There happen to be, however, some pending issues....we will resolve them (aswell)," Momen said.

He declined to comment on the ongoing New Delhi-Beijing tensions, saying that is their headache, nothing to do with us.

Momen said Bangladesh favored to emphasis on its own creation maintaining ties with both countries.

They are big trading partners of ours, he said adding Bangladesh really wants to reap advantages of trade ties with both India and China.

Asked for comments about the fate of the proposed trial of Chinese vaccines in Bangladesh, Momen explained many countries on the globe were employed in collaboration to get access to a COVID-19 vaccine.

"India and Pakistan likewise proceeded to go for collaboration with other folks (regarding vaccine trials). We (Bangladesh) are yet to choose collaboration. (But) We have to do it now (vaccine collaboration) as well," he said.

He said Dhaka already contributed to a EU fund to ensure that Bangladesh can get a possible COVID-19 vaccine smoothly.

Momen visited Meherpur, where the oath of business office of the first Bangladeshi government was administered on April 17, 1971, when Nazrul Islam was appointed simply because the acting president and Tajuddin Ahmed just as the prime minister.

Bangladesh's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared president found in the swearing-in ceremony in absentia while he was in Pakistan's captivity following its troops' clampdown on unarmed Bengalis on March 25, 1971.