Indian HC urges patience to see any change in Delhi's policy

Indian HC urges patience to see any change in Delhi’s policy


The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka has said it will take a while to know whether Indian foreign policy changes if BJP forms the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
“The results of the election will be published on May 16-17. If Modi comes in the power then we have to wait for couple of days to see what type of foreign policy his government adopts,” High Commissioner Pankaj Saran said on Wednesday.
He made the comment to reporters in reply to a question after a meeting with Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at his office, says a planning ministry press release.Pankaj said India places high importance to its relationship with Bangladesh.
“This relation is very much important for the prosperity of the two countries. I believe that the relation in the sense of economy, commerce and investment will improve gradually,” he said.
He said New Delhi is keen to boost economic and trade relations with Dhaka by keeping in touch with the planning ministry.  This ministry is very much important for formulating economic planning.”
“I am hopeful that the Indian government will provide Tk 1600 crore for construction of Padma Bridge,’ the planning minister said.
He urged India to invest in Bangladesh’s power sector.
“Both the governments believe in the development of economy. I know that India is aware about the demand of Bangladesh. So the Indian investment in Bangladesh should increase in the coming days.”
Saran said Dhaka and New Delhi have decided to invest US$ 794 million in 15 projects from the $1 billion-line of credit India has provided to Bangladesh.
He said the credit comprises US$ 800 million is loan and $200 million in grant. – UNB


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