On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said in India’s neighbour first policy, Bangladesh comes first and that the bilateral ties between the two nations were moving at fast pace.
“There are some issues still left unresolved between us (India-Bangladesh), we assure both are attempting to resolve them with honesty. In India’s neighbour first policy, Bangladesh comes first,” Swaraj said in her address after the inauguration of the Chancery Complex of the Indian High Commission.
During the ceremony, she also inaugurated 15 development projects of Bangladesh being funded by India.
According to bdnews24.com, the projects cover sectors such as education, healthcare, IT, water supply and social welfare.
Eleven water treatment plants are being built in southern Bhandaria Upazila in Pirojpur that will provide desalinated potable drinking water to 150,000 citizens. Some 36 community clinics will also be built.
Those projects also include reconstruction of the Ramna Kali Temple which was destroyed by the invading Pakistani forces in 1971.
The project includes construction of the main temple, a five-storey guesthouse, a deep tube-well in the temple premises and the construction of the main entry gate of the temple.
Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Dhaka on Sunday, held the Fourth Joint Consultative Commission meeting with her Bangladesh counterpart Mahmood Ali and reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties.
Swaraj will return to New Delhi on Monday wrapping up her Dhaka visit, the second since assuming office in 2014.