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India wants stable democracy in B’desh

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Staff Reporter
Visiting Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh in a meeting with opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said India wants to see stability and continuation of democracy in Bangladesh.
“The India Foreign Secretary said they want peace and stability to prevail in Bangladesh with the continuation of democratic process for the socioeconomic development of the region,” BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told reporters after the meeting.
Earlier, Sujatha arrived at Khaleda’s Gulshan residence with a seven-member delegation and had an hour-long meeting from 5pm with the opposition leader.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Shamsher Mobin said the Indian foreign secretary and Khaleda Zia at the meeting discussed various bilateral issues.
Referring to Khaleda’s visit to India in 2012, she said the India’s relation with BNP reached a new height following her visit and hoped that it will improve further in the days to come, the BNP leader said.
Terming India the closest neighbor of Bangladesh, Khaleda told the Indian secretary that the relation between Bangladesh and India should move forward on the basis of mutual benefits, the BNP vice chairman said.
Asked whether they discussed the upcoming election, Shamsher Mobin said they did not discuss it elaborately.
Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Shabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting.

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