Indian President Ram Nath Kovind today said his country wants a strong, prosperous and progressive Bangladesh in its fundamental national interest.
“Our shared aspirations should lead us to find the best ways to jointly harnessing our resources and capacities as the two countries are confronted with common challenges,” he said when the visiting delegation of young MPs and political leaders from Bangladesh called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning, said an official handout here.
Welcoming the delegation, the President said that he was delighted to meet the next generation of politicians from Bangladesh as India and Bangladesh are tied together by shared history and culture.
He urged the members of the delegation to be ambitious in thinking of new ways in which “our partnership can help drive development and create shared prosperity”.
After the meeting with the president, the delegation members joined two separate seminars organized by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Vivekananda Foundation here.
Later, they will join a dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh High Commission this evening.
The 20-member Bangladesh delegation comprising young political leaders and parliamentarians arrived here on Sunday on a week-long visit at the invitation of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank based in India.
Yesterday, the delegation members called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The external affairs minister also hosted a lunch in honour of the visiting delegation after the meetings.
The delegation members included Biplob Borua, deputy office Secretary of Awami League and special assistant to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, parliamentarians Nazrul Islam Babu, Sanowar Hossain, Jweel Areng, Fahmi Golandaj Babel, Nahim Razzaque, Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Razi Mohammad Fakhrul, former Member of Parliament Anupam Sahjahan Joy, party leaders Sufi Faruque and Umme Razia.
Parliament member and Joint Secretary General of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Mahi B. Chowdhury and independent lawmaker Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury (Nixon Chowdhury) are in Delhi with the delegation.