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‘NRC, CAA are purely internal to India’

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Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday reiterated that the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will have no impact on Bangladesh.

Highlighting the ‘most extensive and integrated’ relationship between the two countries, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday reiterated that the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will have no impact on Bangladesh.

"These are purely internal to India and NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act will not affect Bangladesh,” he said.

The foreign secretary was while delivering the keynote speech at a seminar on "Bangladesh and India: A Promising Future" at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Indian High Commission in Dhaka jointly hosted the event.

Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi spoke as the chief guest highlighting the relationship between the two countries.

He laid emphasis on water sharing issues and protecting the secular values.

Dr Rizvi said Bangladesh and India need to work very closely to protect secular society.

He also sought long term solution to all the problems between the two countries.

BIISS Chairman Ambassador Fazlul Karim and Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das, among others, spoke.

Shringla said the great poet-philosopher, Kazi Nazrul Islam, once wrote “We all share happiness and sorrow equally.”

"This noble emotion must motivate us as neighbours, to recognize that both sorrow and happiness do not respect borders or passports: in this globalized era, they arrive equally at everyone’s doorstep,” he said.

He said their approach to Bangladesh will always be characterized by this sentiment. "And I trust that our Prime Minister’s visit later this month will fully exemplify India’s strong sentiment of goodwill, trust and respect for Bangladesh."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been specially invited to participate in the inaugural ceremony of Mujib Barsho later this month.

“We are looking forward to this visit, both because of the priority the Prime Minister attaches to this relationship, and even more so, because Bangabandhu is just so iconic – as a globally-recognized statesman and iconic symbol of liberation for Bangladesh and for our subcontinent. For us in India, there is a special resonance to his name. He is as revered and as remembered in India, as he is here in Bangladesh,” he said.

 

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