External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reached DHAKA

To strengthen the “special” bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh he reached Dhaka. The Dhaka-based Indian High Commission tweeted that the Foreign Minister was welcomed by his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen when he reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from New Delhi. The first is the main pillar of the policy.

This is Jaishankar’s first visit to Bangladesh after taking over as foreign minister. On reaching there, the minister told the media, “I am hopeful of my stay in Dhaka and hope that it will be fruitful and there will be a discussion on further strengthening the India-Bangladesh special relationship.”

This will be the second high-level interaction between the two countries within a month. Earlier, on 7-8 August, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan had a bilateral conversation with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Jaishankar, who arrived on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, will begin his journey at the ‘Bangabandhu Museum’ in Dhanmondi on Tuesday morning with a tribute to the countries founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Jaishankar will then hold a meeting with his counterpart Momen and in the afternoon the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina).

Why Bangladesh should matter to us….

In today’s scenario when we are pushing to achieve 5T economy, the world trade count for so much. Bangladesh is one of our biggest trading partners. Given that it has been growing at over 5% per annum for the past decades and look set to continue to grow, it is an economic asset. Bangladesh could sell us natural gas, and we could sell it for hydropower.

The second reason is that the security of the northeast states of India more widely is affected by what Bangladesh does or does not do. If Dhaka does not cooperate with New Delhi, it is hard to see how India can rein in various insurgent groups that might find refuge in Bangladesh. And if Bangladesh does not remain a stable, open and tolerant country, we in India will have great difficulty in stopping Islamic extremists from flourishing there and from targeting our cities and town.