Secretaries of Bangladesh and India met in New Delhi for a two day meeting.
Bangladesh emphasized the
need for creating conditions for increasing bilateral trades and to minimize
the huge trade gap between the two nations.
The first-day talks also focused on greater connectivity when Foreign Secretary
Md Touhid Hossain and his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon welcomed the
commencement of the Dhaka-Kolkata Maitree Express.
The discussions on connectivity also focused on better utilization of the
Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade, improvement of border infrastructure
to facilitate trade, and the need for approaching specific issues through
The two Foreign Secretaries also had wide-ranging discussions on ways to make
tangible progress on water-related issues.
They reached a decision to work closely to counter the threats posed by
terrorism and other illegal cross-border activities like smuggling of fake
currencies, narcotics and drugs, and arms.