Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran opined that the India-Bangladesh relationship is now firmly footed. India has been with Bangladesh since its struggle for independence and many Indian soldiers have sacrificed their lives in 1971.
In addition to being a neighboring country, he said, the history of sacrificing lives of Indian soldiers for Bangladesh’s independence and also the history of common heritage, cultures, traditions, food habits, climate and lifestyles have made both countries very close friend to each other.
The Indian Ambassador was addressing in a Farewell Dinner organized in his honor by International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) on 20th October 2015 at Gulshan Club, Dhaka. Among others, Bhutanese Ambassador Ms. Pema Choden, U.S. Ambassador Ms. Marcia Bernicat, Russian Ambassador Mr. Alexander A. Nikolaev, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. David Meale, Switzerland Deputy Chief of Mission Ms. Beate K. Elsaesser, former President of Bangladesh Mr. Hussain Muhammad Ershad and many other distinguished business leaders and eminent personalities were also present at the event.
Mr. Hafizur Rahman Khan, President of IBFB and Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, Founding President of IBFB also spoke at the event. Mr. Khan praised the Indian High Commissioner for his excellent contribution to strengthen bilateral relationships and reduce business and trade barriers between India and Bangladesh. He particularly mentioned a few successful endeavors of the Indian High Commissioner like five years multiple business visa, coastal shipping between India & Bangladesh, renewal of Bilateral Trade Agreement that allows trade through land, waterways and railways and access of Bangladeshi Cargo to Nepal and Bhutan through India etc.
Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury also conveyed his heartiest thanks to Mr. Pankaj Saran for his outstanding contribution to resolve various bilateral issues such as Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) to resolve border dispute that allowed exchange of enclaves also known as the Chitmahals, Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus service, inland waterways transit and trade, introduction of border trade namely Border Haats, MoU on establishment of Indian Special Economic Zone in Bangladesh etc.