Foreign Secretary-level meeting between Bangladesh and India yesterday resolved to remove irritants in the bilateral relations through dialogue.
Emerging from the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Foreign Secretary Shamsher M. Chowdhury said, "We have discussed all issues, we look forward to continue the process of dialogue at all levels to address issues."
Visiting Indian External Affairs Secretary Kanwal Sibal said, "We have covered all issues, even the issues where we have differences… We have to find long term solutions to the problems."
This was the first Foreign Secretary-level meeting between Bangladesh and India during the tenure of the present government. Last such meeting was held in December 2000.
The meeting held at the Foreign Office, discussed signing of two agreements between the two countries. One of the agreements is on bilateral investment protection and the other on psycho-tropic substances control.
The Indian side offered two new ideas on bilateral cooperation – one about storm surge reduction management and other in the IT sector.
The meeting decided to hold the Bangladesh-India Joint Economic Commission meeting at the middle of this year and the next Foreign Secretary-level meeting in New Delhi early next year.
After the meeting, Shamsher M. Chowdhury told newsmen that talks were held in a free and frank atmosphere where all bilateral issues came up for discussion.