Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said on Sunday that India is looking forward to working on new areas of cooperation with Bangladesh, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, startups and fintech.
Jaishankar, who held a bilateral meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen, said, “Now we look forward to working with you to take our ties to new areas – artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, startups, fintech.”
The seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) was held in New Delhi on Sunday.
The joint statement said that the ministers of the two countries expressed satisfaction that, despite the problems associated with COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have worked more closely than ever in every sector, from security and border control to mutually beneficial trade and investment flows, as well as expanding bilateral and sub-regional multimodal ties, enhancing energy and energy cooperation, development assistance and capacity building. exchanges, cultural and closer ties between people.
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“The two ministers agreed to work closely to further deepen and strengthen cooperation in the areas of shared rivers and water resource management, information technology and cyber security, renewable energy, agriculture and food security, sustainable trade, climate change and disaster management,” the statement reads. statement. said.
It also says that both ministers appreciated that, in addition to high-level visits, there has been intensive interaction through various bilateral mechanisms, and agreed to further strengthen efforts to build partnerships with renewed vigor and regularity. In this regard, both ministers instructed their officials to accelerate cooperation, focusing on resolving issues and finding durable solutions for the mutual benefit of both peoples, the statement said.
“Both sides reaffirmed the importance of the safe, early and sustainable return of forcibly displaced persons from Rakhine State to Myanmar who are currently in Bangladesh,” the statement said regarding the Rohingya.
Regarding the border situation, Jaishankar said: “Better management of our long border is also a key priority. Our border troops are committed to fighting cross-border crime. We must continue to work together to make sure the border remains crime-free.”
As for river sharing, he said, “And of course we have 54 rivers. The integrated management and protection of our rivers, and the overall responsibility for the environment that we bear, especially the Sundarbans. These are indeed areas where we need to work together as part of our commitment to fighting climate change.”
“We would also like to express our support and solidarity with the unprecedented flooding that has occurred in northern Bangladesh. We also had this in the Northeast. Now we share flood management data over a long period. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that if we can assist you in any specific way with your flood control and relief efforts, we would be very happy to provide support. It would be in line with our relationship,” Jaishankar said.
Foreign Minister Momen will meet with Vice President M. Venkaya Naidu on Monday. It was agreed that the 8th round of India-Bangladesh CCM will be held in Bangladesh in 2023.
This was the first face-to-face meeting of the CCM convened since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the previous meeting taking place virtually in 2020.