Dhaka, Bangladesh
Kashmir India's internal matter

Kashmir India's internal matter

Dhaka announces stand on J-K issue

News Desk: Bangladesh has described the matter related to Jammu and Kashmir, recently stripped of special status by India's central govetnment, as an internal issue of India.
"Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government is an internal issue of India," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday about Bangladesh's position on Jammu and Kashmir.
It said Bangladesh has always advocated, as a matter of principle, that maintaining regional peace and stability as well as development should be a priority for all countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on August 5 stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and statehood, creating two federal territories.
The order revokes Article 370 of India's Constitution, which gives the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications and foreign affairs.
The article also forbids Indians outside the state from permanently settling, buying land, holding local- government jobs and securing educational scholarships.
The statement came as Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar left Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning on conclusion of his visit, saying that Bangladesh-India relations are now on a "positive trajectory".
Wrapping up his visit, the Indian minister said he had "productive discussions" with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday.
The Indian Foreign Minister also met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5pm on Tuesday.
"Good to see our ties on such a positive trajectory," he said before leaving Dhaka.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das saw him off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:30am, said an official.
Bangladesh and India are working to find "mutually acceptable formulas" to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India's commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged.
Jaishankar said India's partnership with Bangladesh remains an example of what neighbours can do if they work together as two partners.
He said the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is determined to ensure that this partnership is truly a role model in South Asia and for the world.
The Indian minister said they would like to offer all possible support in realising Bangladesh's development agenda, which is in India's interest as well.
The Indian minister visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there on Tuesday.
India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
(Inputs taken from UNB)

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