Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia meets President

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 03, 2012 15:55 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 3 (IBNS) Former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday morning.

The President welcomed the Leader of Opposition and Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party to India and enquired about her stay and visit to Ajmer.

He said India admires Khaleda Zia´s contribution to the development of Bangladesh both as the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition.

"India attaches the highest importance to our relations with Bangladesh which is a close neighbour," said a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Khaleda Zia conveyed that she had good discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Mukherjee recollected that he had the privilege of working with Khaleda Zia twice before when she was in power.

He called for the establishment of close and friendly relations between India and Bangladesh and said there exists tremendous potential for cooperation between the two countries.

"It is possible to change friends but not neighbours. The two countries must live in a friendly atmosphere and do their utmost to strengthen cooperation in all fields," he said as per the Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

He also reiterated the determination of India to address all concerns of Bangladesh.

Khaleda Zia fondly remembered her past visits to India and long association with Mukherjee.

She reiterated the commitment of her party to the establishment of strong and friendly relations with India.

Khaleda Zia was accompanied by a seven-member delegation.

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