Anisur Rahman Dhaka, Apr 13 (PTI) In the first high-level contact between the two countries after the February 25 BDR mutiny here, India and Bangladesh today discussed security scenario in the region and reviewed bilateral relations, including Dhaka’s claim over a under-construction dam in Assam. Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who arrived here last night on an unannounced visit, held wide-ranging discussions with his counterpart Mohammad Touhid Hossain and Army Chief General Moin U Ahmed and called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.
“Security was one of issues we discussed, we discussed it in all the conversations and how important it is for both Bangladesh and India,” Menon told reporters. “We feel that many of the issues that we might have had difficulties in the past are now coming right to a situation where we can move forward,” he said, adding that he was “very satisfied” with the quality of the discussion which reflects “the quality of the friendship”.
Hossain said his Indian counterpart came to Bangladesh as New Delhi thought “they should prepare the ground for resolving outstanding bilateral issues” for the next Government in India. During the talks, Menon proposed that a teal from Bangladesh could visit the proposed Tipaimukh Dam site as Dhaka expressed concern over it.