Special Correspondent, Dhaka, 8 October: Newly-appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has conveyed Indian government’s will work at a pace and in a manner with which Bangladesh are comfortable, ensuring fullest respect for your priorities and in a way that emphasizes the value we attach to this friendship.
Doraiswami said indian government’s commitment to finding mutually acceptable solutions to all the issues with Bangladesh.
“Let me stress that Bangladesh is, was and will always be a very special partner of India,” he told the media in India House during his first meeting with journalists.
As the two countries move toward the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Liberation, the High Commissioner said he is certain the leaders will continue to increase their expectations for their relationship.
“We do our best to live up to the expectations of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
The High Commissioner will visit Savar to pay tributes to Liberation War martyrs.
Earlier, he presented his credentials to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
On his arrival on October 5, the High Commissioner said he will work on strengthening partnership with Bangladesh for mutual benefit.
“Bangladesh is the nearest neighbour and friend of India. I’ll work on how the partnership with Bangladesh can be enhanced,” he said stepping into Bangladesh.
The Indian diplomat said he would listen to people’s expectations in Bangladesh and convey those messages to their leadership.
He said the Indian northeast states are important for building stronger friendship between the two countries.
Doraiswami laid emphasis on enhancing trade and commerce through utilising river and road communication.
“I’m delighted to get the opportunity to work for further improvement of our relations,” he said.
The Indian High Commissioner also paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city.
The Indian diplomat arrived in Bangladesh through Agartala-Akhaura International Immigration Checkpost on October 5.
He took up the assignment shortly after handing over credentials to President Abdul Hamid on October 8. The High Commissioner met journalists on the same day.
Doraiswami was an additional secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India.
Immediate-past Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das has resumed her office at the MEA.
“Honoured and delighted to join today as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Look forward to this new role dealing with some of the most dynamic regions of the world,” she tweeted after joining the office.
Riva Ganguly, who arrived in Dhaka on March 1 last year, returned to New Delhi a couple of days back.