Xi’s visit not to affect Dhaka’s ties with others: FM

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 19:54, Oct 13,2016


Bangladesh on Thursday categorically said Chinese president Xi Jinping’s Dhaka visit will not have any negative impact on Bangladesh’s relations with other countries, including India. 

Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali referred to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s defined broad parameters of Bangladesh’s chosen foreign policy - ‘friendship to all, malice towards none’, and said, ‘We don’t want enmity with anybody.’

While talking to reporters at the foreign ministry, minister Ali said Bangladesh is fully committed to the policy. ‘We’ll proceed protecting the country’s interest and following our foreign policy. So, there’s no scope (of negative impact),’ he said.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh is achieving successes following the principle showed by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Quoting Chinese media, Indian media have said New Delhi needs not be ‘jealous’ of Beijing and Dhaka’s increasing friendship but could use this as an opportunity to improve bilateral relations with China during the BRICS summit in Goa this weekend.

‘India won’t need to be jealous of an increasingly close relationship between Beijing and Dhaka because the improvement of local infrastructure and the overall economic ecology in Bangladesh will create favorable external conditions for connecting with markets in India, China and Southeast Asia,’ the Hindustan Times reported quoting Global Times.

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